Residents Urged to Prepare for Flooding
Frankfort, KY: As the outer bands of Hurricane Ivan drop rain on portions of Kentucky, emergency service agencies statewide are preparing to respond to any problems it causes. At this time, the National Weather Service expects the remnants of Ivan to dump up to nine inches of rain in parts of Eastern Kentucky. Many of the rivers are at 90 percent of their capacity and this amount of rainfall will likely cause flooding. Small stream flash flooding and landslides are also a possibility.
“The residents of Eastern Kentucky need to stay alert to the possibility of flooding” says Governor Ernie Fletcher. “If your home has flooded in the past, it will likely do so again. I urge you to make plans now to evacuate your home if the water starts to rise, or if you get an order from your County Judge-Executive or Mayor or local emergency management official.”
Several state agencies have been following the progress and potential impact of Ivan on Kentucky for more than a week. Once its path was better defined, preparations started Wednesday when the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management asked state and local agencies to begin preparations. Among the recommendations to local emergency management agencies is to inspect and prepare their mobile command posts and conduct emergency shelter inspections. Depending on Ivan’s track, it may be necessary for local communities to order evacuations and open emergency shelters.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide assistance to emergency officials if needed by directing equipment and personnel to areas impacted by heavy rains and potential flooding.
"What the citizens of the Commonwealth need to remember is that the Kentucky Guard stands ready to respond to this threat," said Major General Donald Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky. "We have units in locations from Ashland to Paducah that are prepared to come to the aid of Kentuckians throughout the state, if and when the need arises."
The Kentucky Emergency Operations Center has been activated as of Noon Thursday and will remain on a 24 hour operational status until the danger presented by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan have passed.
Remember, if you come upon a flooded roadway, we urge you to stay out of it. More people die as a result of flooding than any other type of severe weather. If you do observe flooding or any other kind of severe weather, contact your local law enforcement or the nearest post of the Kentucky State Police to report any severe weather.
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