Preparations underway for soggy weekend

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 11:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentuckiana officials are ready for the rain. With a wet weekend in the forecast, crews started working early this week; cleaning storm sewers around town.

“That drain was clogged with debris so we got our truck out and cleaned it up so the water could go into the drain properly,” said Floyd County Storm Water Coordinator Chris Moore.

Southern Indiana sewage departments along with Metropolitan Sewer District say their systems are able to handle the predicted rain. It's how fast it falls that increases flooding chances. They say the lack of rain this summer has kept sewers clearer than usual.

“It has been very dry in this region; streams and creeks are very low right now. The good news is that we have a lot of capacity within the system,” said MSD’s Steve Tedder.

Officials are doing what they can to prepare for this weekend's forecasted rainfall but what can you do? It's simple. If you have a sewer near your home clear out the debris before the rainfall comes.

“If you have any kind of blockages, that can also cause the backup,” says Tedder.

“Take a look at your storm drain if you see grass clippings or debris on top of it, just get a broom or shovel and clean it off,” said Moore.

Officials aren't anticipating flooding problems this holiday weekend. They say in case there are, avoid standing water and never attempt to drive through high waters. You are urged to call local law enforcement if you need help.
 

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