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Heavy Rain and Snow Melt May Cause Flooding Problems

December 19, 2013

  12/20/13 The National Weather Service is advising of two low pressure systems that will bring rainfall to the area beginning today.  The stronger system will bring an abundant amount of moisture to our area over the weekend.  The potential exists for 1 to 3 inches of rain from Saturday afternoon through late Sunday night.  In addition, warmer air surging north will allow for melting of existing snow.  Areas of greatest concern are those who have had previous flooding issues due to their location, primarily those residents living in low lying areas and areas that have poor drainage. We may also see flooding of ditches and creeks, and ponding on roads or even washouts. 

If you have had issues with flooding in the past, please take precautionary actions now prior to these storm systems arriving.

The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind everyone the serious dangers posed by flooding.  Here are some tips to keep you safe:

·        Use a NOAA All Hazards radio to stay informed about potential dangers.

·        Develop a personal/family safety plan.

·        Never allow children to play around high water areas, ditches, or storm drains.

·        Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection.

·        Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.  The water may be much deeper than it appears because the road bed may be washed out.

·        Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

If you would like additional information regarding flooding safety, please contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 936-3740.

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