Its safe to say we’ve had a lot of rain this week and now even more is on the way.
The ground is super-saturated, and there’s no where else for the water to go.
This weekend could possibly bring some flash flooding.
At the Belmont County EMA, they’ve studying the radar, and they’re going to leave the lights on.
“We’ll have the Emergency Operations Center partially activated,” Becky Horne with Belmont County EMA says. “We will be answering phone calls just to see if there are any needs for resources.”
The EMA can pick up the phone and contact a large number of OTHER agencies, that can provide specific kinds of help.
“One agency that is very dependable is the American Red Cross,” Horne adds. “They would be able to set up temporary shelters in the event folks would have to evacuate their homes.”
Part of their mission is keeping the public informed of the dangers.
They have special advice for those living along creeks and streams.
“Or even if you live on a hillside, where there could be runoff or mud flow, when the water does come up get out of the way, seek higher ground,” she says. “Water is very powerful. It can move pavement!”
They urge everyone to pay attention to the jingles like ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown’.
If you know of a power outage, a washed-out road, or any weather emergency, be sure to call the Belmont County EMA at (740) 695-5984.