As the rains begin to pummel the Mid-South again, local officials are making sure crews are prepared and geared up to go.
The City of Memphis and Shelby county are ready to handle possible flooding. They’re hoping for the best, but say they’re prepared for the worst.
Officials with the City of Memphis, including police and fire, Shelby County officials, MLGW, as well as the Office of Emergency Management and others, have been meeting all day to get updates from the National Weather Service.
Officials are urging folks to remember to turn around, don’t drown. Avoid ponding on the road. They’re expecting to see flooding on roads.
They’re also concerned about trees falling.
“The ground is already saturated, so we could have a bunch of trees that go down, and on top of that there’s some severe weather predicted too. So, we could have trees down by some of the winds,” says Levell Blanchard, Deputy Administrator of Shelby County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.
The Germantown Fire Department’s swift water rescue teams are also standing by. They can be deployed to other areas that need help, but they’re also prepared for rescue efforts here in the Mid-South.
“Germantown has three boats, but other departments also have boats. Several of them, we bring all the boats in together and we, you know honestly, have to keep some resources here in case we have the flooding here locally, whether deployed away from here,” says Germantown Fire Chief John Selberg.
“We’re set to do swift water rescue so that if someone is swept away, we’ve got the equipment, man power, and boats to handle the situation, as well as doing flood evacuations for slow moving water, if we have to go get somebody out of their house who wasn’t prepared for the way the water is coming in,” says Capt. Clint Starnes, Germantown Assistant Fire Marshal & Swift Water Rescue Technician.
Officials urge citizens to stay alert and informed. In Memphis, call 311 to report potholes and other issues that need to be fixed.