Rising temps., melting snow may cause flooding

Snow piles. (WDTN Photo)

SHELBY CO., Ohio (WDTN)-  The Shelby Co. Emergency Management Agency is prepared to respond to any flooding caused by melting snow and warming temperatures.

Storm Team 2 said the forecast for Monday will mostly cloudy with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain developing in the afternoon.  Temperatures will be high 32 with accumulations ranging from 1 to 2 inches in the northern portions of the Miami Valley.  South of the Dayton area is expected to experience less than an inch.

On Tuesday it is expected to warm up a bit with a high of 40.

“We are keeping a close eye on the radar,” said Cheri Drinkwine, who is the county’s EMA director. “We also monitor water levels of the Great Miami River, specifically in Sidney.  We know the areas that are prone to flooding.”

Drinkwine said the department uses its Shelby Co. Emergency Mass Notification System to alert residents of any potential flooding dangers.

Shelby County Emergency Officials are able to send time-sensitive, targeted messages to select groups and geographic areas. The system is capable of reaching landlines, cellular and VoIP phones, Blackberries/PDAs, pagers and TTY/TTD devices for the hearing impaired. The primary use of the system will be to disseminate messages pertaining to the health, safety or welfare of the County/City/Schools/Agencies when affected by a perceived, emerging, or imminent emergency event.

With TFCC Alert Shelby County Emergency Dispatch Facilities can send emergency notifications for situations such as:

  • severe weather warnings
  • water contamination alerts
  • pandemic planning
  • nuclear hazards and chemical spills
  • missing persons
  • hostage situations

“We also go door to door to alert residents,” said Drinkwine.  “We know parts of our county, specifically Sidney, are prone to flooding and that is why we are very proactive about it.”

Visit Shelby County’s website to sign up for emergency alerts.

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