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Jackson County Emergency Management on lookout for rising water

Posted at 4:22 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:46:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With more storms rolling into the Kansas City metro area, Jackson County Emergency Management is on the lookout for rising water levels.

"Quite honestly, we're going to get flash flooding, and the water is going to be high," said Michael Curry, director of emergency preparedness for Jackson County.

Flooding is tough to prepare for, Curry said. He’s predicting flash flooding through Tuesday.

"Jackson County is blessed and cursed at the same time, “ he said. “We have a lot of streams, low-lying streams, low-lying areas.”

Several low-lying areas — including Indian Creek, Tomahawk Creek and Southwest Boulevard — have seen flooding in the past. After flooding in 2017, several businesses along Indian Creek are still boarded up today.

While officials are watching the weather, they're also monitoring water levels over the next few days. On top of that, Curry said their biggest job is to educate the public ahead of a storm.

"The public is our number one objective, to keep them as safe as we can," Curry said.

If there is water covering the roads, officials want to remind drivers to, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."