Increased Flooding Risk; Areas Prone to Flooding Should Take Preventative Action

The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency is on high alert as they predict higher flooding risks as rain arrives today. Temperatures are expected to rise over the next two days, allowing for the continued melting of snow – potentially releasing between 1.5 and four inches of water.

On top of that, the forecast predicts between three-fourths and one inch of rain, causing an increase in water levels in ditches, creeks, retention ponds, as well as ponding on road surfaces. Anyone who lives near areas that are prone to flooding are advised to take preventative action now and form a plan in case of flooding.

The Starke, Pulaski and Marshall County emergency management agencies have announced they have sand and sandbags available for those in need. If you see high water or road closed signs, please do not ignore them, they are there for your protection. Be extremely cautious when driving at night. Standing water can be difficult to see until you are right on top of it. It does not take much water to cause your vehicles tires to lose contact with the road surface which could result in an accident.

Starke County EMA Director Ted Bombagetti said there have not yet been any increases in the water levels in either of the local rivers. He advises all homeowners to check drains near their homes to ensure they are clear of snow and debris.

Bombagetti also encourages anyone with a flat roof on their home to remove the snow if at all possible, as the snow can act as a sponge, soaking up water until it becomes so heavy the roof could possibly collapse.