Emergency management agencies prepare for possible weekend flooding


Possible flash flooding is  causing major concerns for local emergency management agencies this weekend as the remnants from tropical storm Gordon break into the Northern Panhandle.

Officials from Marshall County are already looking ahead and held a weather briefing with the National Weather Service Friday morning.

“Just briefing us on what they’re expecting in regard to the rainfall amounts over the next couple of days and as of right now they could be significant, so we’re asking everybody just to start looking at preparations especially if you live in a flood prone area,” said Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart. 

Residents in the Northern parts of Marshall County are encouraged to keep close watch, especially in areas like Boggs Run, Jim’s Run and Big Grave Creek.

“Also too we’ll have to keep an eye on some of the smaller streams throughout the county that could cause some issues as the weekend progresses,” Hart explained. 

Across the Ohio Valley, officials in Ohio County are also keeping a close watch on the weather and are offering some helpful tips on how to stay safe.

“Our little acronym if you’re out and driving is turn around don’t drown,” said Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo. “If you see any flash water going across roadways, just turn around and stay away from it because it only takes a few inches of water to take a vehicle into a creek and get them in danger.”

Vargo says the Ohio County 911 call center will also be on standby this weekend.

They’re expecting hundreds of calls to ring in and they’ll be working diligently to keep residents safe as well.

“We always say the best people who could really give us good information is people who live along those creeks,” Vargo added. 

Going into the weekend be sure to pay close attention for rising creeks and streams.

Do NOT evacuate into rushing waters. 

If you run into some flash flooding you’re asked to call 911.

Be sure to stay up to date with the forecasts all weekend at WTRF.com/weater

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