Emergency expert gives out suggestions for storms and flood prevention

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 27 2016 Apr 27, 2016 Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:31:00 AM CDT April 27, 2016 in News
By: Lishan Guo, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians could expect more storms in the next few days. The Deputy Director of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, Tom Hurley, urges the community to be aware of the weather and protect themselves.

"Low-lying areas are more likely to flood during heavy rains especially urban flooding or flash flooding in rural areas," Hurley said.

He also suggested drivers find alternative routes when necessary.

"Rain, especially heavy rain over a short period of time can erode the roadway and create impassible roadway where a vehicle can be swept away," Hurley said.

He said emergency plans include evacuation and shelters if necessary.

A Columbia citizen said the city did a good job dealing with severe weather overall, but it could improve flood water distribution.

"Say we build a bigger sewer system, the water has somewhere to go. Were there to be like a flash flood, it would all be dissipated faster," Francois Christian Orloff said.

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