A combination of warmer temperatures, heavy rain and snow cover could cause some flooding issues Tuesday and Wednesday.
Anyone in low lying areas or in a flood plain is being encouraged to stay on alert for rising water in the next few days. Cold temperatures have left the ground frozen, and any rain that falls or snow that melts will quickly run off the surface. Community Disaster Educator Martha Staley told us the organization is concerned about tomorrow’s weather. With that in mind, Staley also encourages anyone living near water to have a plan.
“You need to have a plan in place so that when that water does start to come up and that watch is issued, that you can get with your family, get out your plan, you know, actually fix a physical plan to have with your friends and family that live on higher ground and then when that warning comes we know its time to go. If they say evacuate, just go, don’t stay there and risk it.”
Staley says one should always heed the watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service and know the difference between the two. You are encouraged to look at county flood plain maps to see if you live in an area that is at risk. Staley also encouraged making a safety preparedness kit to keep handy in weather emergencies.
“If they knock on your door and say you’re evacuating you would want to have the things ready to go in a moments notice. You know, your water, your first aid kit, a list of medications, possibile medications, extra eye glasses, things for your pets, hearing aid batteries. All of those kinds of things can be assembled earlier. Have that kit packed and ready to go.”
You an also call the American Red Cross for a full list of recommendations. If you would like to read more about flooding or buy a pre-made disaster preparedness kit, you can visit the organizations website: www.redcross.org
If you ever feel that you are in danger from quickly rising water, the best choice is to call 9-1-1.