Fall chores help prepare for possible flooding

The possibility of several inches of rain for the start of our work week means a potential for flooding. Local 6’s Juliana Valencia talked with emergency management and spent Sunday afternoon with one family taking extra steps to prepare.

Current models show the heaviest rains are expected on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Teena Martin, as well as her daughters Aimee and Ashley spent their day raking leaves.

“We got lots of leaves, we have lots of trees and just trying to get them bagged up before the rain,” Martin said.

The fall chore doesn’t just clean your yard, it also can prevent flooding.

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield says to make keep an eye on any leaves in your yard that may back up in drains or culverts near your house.

"So that water doesn’t pool on the street and in their yards and cause a problem," Mansfield said.

He says to keep up with the weather and be aware of how much rain may be falling.

Mansfield says severe flooding like this past July’s 5.44 inches in about 3 to 4 hours is very rare and happens about every hundred years, according to National Weather Service statistics but it doesn’t hurt to have a plan.

"Have what we call a go bag ready of vital things to take with you such as medicines, extra clothing, maybe some food, non-perishable food.

He adds that time of year doesn’t seem to effect flash flooding.

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