High Water Risk Friday

Flood Watch Spurs Action

The interaction a semi-tropical seam of moisture from the south with quickening winds in the heavens above promises a heavy rain event across our region. The main risk for flooding will come on Friday.

Before those gutter gushing downpours arrive, some April-like showers even a rumble of thunder can cross the region on Thursday. These rains will be non severe and non flooding in nature and the duration of daytime rain will likely be two hours or less!

Friday’s rains will come in waves and will fall hard enough to flood streets and perhaps viaducts. The likelihood of city road closures in the poor drainage areas might be just the start.

Given the dormancy of the ground now (trees are asleep and no longer capable of absorbing water), virtually all the rain that falls will go into run off. This raises the ante on possible small stream flooding.

Until the heavy rains show up on radar, it is not possible to pinpoint where small stream overflow and road closures along those creeks will occur.

Recommended actions to be taken on Thursday in expectation of Friday’s rains include;

1. Cleaning French drains and culverts of leaves and other material capable of blocking water passage. Many basements take on water in cases where drainage is hindered.
2. Don’t forget the downspouts that may be clogged with leaves, but be careful of getting on a ladder.
3. If you live along a small stream prone to flooding, be advised that Friday may be a day for action. As always, you should have an action plan for when the stream does rise.
4. Given how much construction is on-going on I-64 and other roads, motorists may want to consider alternate travel routes on Friday to avoid driving the narrow pathways carved out amidst the construction.

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