Getting ready for heavy rains, possible floods

(WLNS) – We’ve had some wet days recently and we’re about to get more rain – a lot more rain.

That’s what StormTracker 6 chief meteorologist David Young is telling us.

He says some parts of mid-Michigan could see three inches, or more, of rain before the end of the day Tuesday.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging people to prepare for possible flooding.

“Flash flooding has the ability to be life-threatening and damaging,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

Flooding is most likely to happen in low-lying areas or near bodies of water.

Driving in a Flood

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Do not drive around a barricade.
  • Do not try to take short cuts—they may be blocked.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

 

It’s also a good idea to have a flood preparedness kit that includes a 3-day supply of fresh water, keeping important documents in a waterproof container and have a current inventory of household items.

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