floodingSignificant rainfall this weekend into early next week could cause some flooding issues, according to Marshall County Emergency Management.  If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you should be taking protective action now.

An extended rainfall event could bring as much as an inch or more of rain to the area late Sunday night through Wednesday. Flooding in low lying areas and ponding on roads will likely occur. Some ditches, streams and retention ponds may see an increase in water levels.

The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind everyone the serious dangers posed by flooding. Here are some tips to keep you safe:
• Use a NOAA All Hazards radio to stay informed about potential dangers.
• Develop a personal/family safety plan.
• Never allow children to play around high water areas, ditches, or storm drains.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection.
• Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. The water may be much deeper than it appears because the road bed may be washed out.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
• Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!