Heavy rains, flooding likely in area

Published 11:52 pm Friday, September 2, 2011

As Tropical Storm Lee moves along the Gulf Coast, Greenville can expect heavy rain and possible flash flooding in the next few days.

Shirley Sandy, director of the Emergency Management Agency, said Greenville could probably expect to see heavy rain at the beginning of the week.

“They’re not looking for a whole lot until Tuesday,” Sandy said. “Then you’re looking at the heavier rain and possible flooding. It’s mostly on the coast. I’m hoping this will skirt us because we’re inland.”

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According to the National Weather Service, coastal counties of Alabama and northwestern Florida expected showers and thunderstorms today and gradually increase in intensity during the day.

“Given the current uncertainty associated with the developing surface low, exactly where the heaviest rainfall sets up will require constant monitoring,” the Service said. “We could either become situated under a detached heavy rain band if the surface low moves further west or within heavy rain bands if the system moves closer.”

Sandy said it is important for everyone in the community to be prepared for heavy flooding and loss of power.

“If there is water on the streets, then you don’t need to be driving in it,” Sandy said. “It only takes two inches to swerve off the road. If it looks like it is going to hit [your] house, get a hold of sand bags to stop it somehow.”

The Service said five to 10 inches could fall in the Pensacola and Mobile region, which could evolve into upscale local coastal river flooding.

Sandy said everyone should be prepared year round for possible natural disasters.

“[People] should always have a preparedness bag at least to get through 72 hours if we lose power or water lines,” Sandy said. “Watch the news. If there are any major problems, call the EMA and we’ll direct [you] to the right people and help [you] in any way we can.