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April 18, 2013

Flood watch issued for St. Joseph County, Michigan

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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A FLOOD WATCH has been issued by the National Weather Service for St Joseph County, Michigan from 2:00 p.m. Thursday (April 18) through Friday (April 19).

A FLOOD WATCH means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Rainfall amounts between one and three inches are likely from late Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.  Some locally higher amounts are possible.  The combination of heavy rainfall, combined with already saturated soils and elevated river levels may lead to flooding conditions, especially in low lying areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

Keep children away from flooded areas.  Motorists should never drive into flood water; turn around and go another way.

FOR MORE FLOOD INFORMATION: Please continue to monitor weather forecasts via local radio and television stations, as well as weather radios, to be aware of changing conditions.  Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take immediate action should flooding develop.

The American Red Cross has been notified should assistance be warranted and has placed shelter staff on stand-by.

To report emergencies phone 9-1-1, but please DO NOT call to ask questions.

Source:  News release from from Scott Hopkins, Director, St. Joseph County Office of Emergency Management






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