Kent County Emergency Management monitoring flood potential

Feb 19, 2018

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There are a number of Flood Warnings and Watches posted for rivers and streams in the WGVU listening area. Kent County Emergency Management is monitoring flooding potential.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rising temperatures and anticipating one to three inches of rain over the next two days. It’s a combination accelerating the snow melt and increasing the chances for flooding along low-lying areas and swollen streams and riverbanks.

Kent County Emergency Management is in communication with the National Weather Service monitoring conditions. In a news release Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Stewart says, “Right now, it appears the biggest risk will likely be in basements or in homes closest to the rivers.”

And if basements do begin to flood, Stewart and his team want impacted homeowners to be aware the flood waters could contain E coli. In that case the county explains, “Handle items that come in contact with flood waters with care, either by disposing of wet items or when possible, cleaning wet items with a disinfectant.”

If you live in flood prone areas prepare in advance by gathering personal identification and backing up computer files.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.