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Emergency Management - Storm Spotter Network

Posted on: January 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Potential for Minor Flooding Along Creeks and River Systems Through Weekend

01/10/2020 - Additional rainfall through today will contribute to minor flooding in Berrien County through the weekend.  Follow the weather news through broadcast media an National Weather Service closely for updates.

It is important to remember that rain that falls within our river basins, which includes areas north and south of Berrien County, will eventually want to flow to Lake Michigan through our river systems.  So, even if we are fortunate enough not to get a lot of sustained heavy rain directly, we assess that we still will see many of our normally flood prone areas impacted.    We believe some roadways will have some low lying roads that have water over them, some basements will see water accumulation, as well as yards, drains, and ditches.  Follow the Road Department through social media to be informed of local roadway conditions.

Always remember to stay out of flood waters and keep a close eye on weather forecasts from your favorite local broadcast stations and the National Weather Service.  A good way to get flood alert information for your area is to sign up for B-WARN! through our webpage and monitor the river gauges at the river forecast center.

For residents who believe they need to take protective measures to divert flood waters, the Army Corps of Engineers has a good resource to determine some ways to go about it on their webpage.  We encourage you to contact local excavating contractors to determine if they carry sandbags or will sell the dirt material you may need.  Your local municipal office may also offer programs and you should check to see what they offer directly.  If you are looking for resources in the area that may offer these services, call 2-1-1 to see if contractors are registered in their directory.

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