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New technology from the National Weather Service is helping to keep our area one step ahead of ominous weather.
Friday afternoon at the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency, first responder department heads sat in on a conference call from the National Weather Service about the rain we will receive Friday night and Saturday. These same conference calls and presentations greatly helped first responders in being prepared for the snowstorms this past winter. Now they are preparing for flooding.
"Just like now, I know that tonight this rain is going to hit, I know the water levels out there and it gives me a chance to be ahead of the game," says Bo Keck, Executive Director of the Muskingum County EMA.
The ground is already saturated from melting snow, so much of the rain will run off into creeks and rivers. Keck says people living by the river or near a creek should watch the water level closely as it begins to rain Friday night.
"If we get a big heavy rain and it starts raining heavily and the water comes up, they need to get out of their houses and go to higher ground, go to a relative. I don't think there is any cause for panic right now, by tomorrow morning we will know for sure what is going to happen, first thing in the morning there will be another briefing and we will get to see where that heavy rain actually goes," says Keck.
Keck says he emails the presentation to all the fire, police and EMS departments in the county so everyone is well-informed. Muskingum County is currently under a flood watch.