Local officials prep for Hurricane Sally

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 2:22 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Hurricane Sally could make landfall as a category three hurricane and local officials are preparing for the storm’s impact.

“Of course, the flood is the number one impact at this time. We just hope that everyone continues to monitor and take this serious. Don’t let our guard down,” said Public Safety Director Doug Stephens.

Stephens says public works employees are clearing street inlets as the storm approaches. He also says emergency teams are monitoring flood prone areas.

“We’re also prepared to deal with any type of flash flooding that we may have. We have certain areas in the city that historically seem to cause us issues and our emergency responders are aware of those situations,” said Stephens.

Lauderdale County Emergency Management Director Odie Barrett said some areas in the county flood often because of old drainage construction.

“Some of our drainage, ditches and all are not in the best shape so we do have a lot of back up in our creeks and areas that bring this water downhill,” said Barrett.

Barrett said residents who’ve had flooding issues in the past will likely have those same issues with Hurricane Sally.

“If you live in a low-lying area you do want to make sure that you have your vehicle out of harm’s way. You don’t want to be caught in a low-lying area where you’re not able to get out,” said Barrett.

Barrett also encourages residents to remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and advises against driving through large pools of water.

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