Cities prepare for possible flooding

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A trickle of work now could prevent a flood of problems later.

“We know there’s the potential out there, so we have had guys out making sure all our drains are open so the rain gets away,” says Rob Cron, Vandalia’s Director of Public Service. “We should be prepared for it.”

Vandalia and other communities across the Miami Valley have spent the last few days checking storm basins so they don’t back up with the heavy rains expected Thursday night.

They’ve cleared snow and anything else that might get caught in them.

“Any clutter, any leaves, any branches, any other kind of debris that might get in there,” Cron says.

That is not the only flooding concern.

Because of the melting snow, high water hot spots like Rip Rap Road in Huber Heights already have some water on them.  The rain will only add to that.

That’s why Huber Heights’ Water Rescue Team has been preparing for the storm.

“We know where the target hazards are at,” says Battalion Chief Mike Muhl. “We know what to expect with the weather coming in. We prepped our people and equipment, so we’ll be ready to respond to whatever happens.”

Just in December, the water rescue team had to help two different drivers who got stuck in the flooding near Rip Rap Road.  We wanted to know if there is anything else that can be done to keep vehicles from testing the high water.

“There’s really not,” Muhl says. “Short of barricades that don’t allow any access that we do have in certain areas with the gates, but most of our signage is portable and temporary.”

Muhl says it only takes 18 inches of standing water to sweep away a vehicle, so if you come across high water you should not try to go through it.

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