Macon-Bibb EMA provides flood preparedness tips

With heavy rain later this week, Macon-Bibb County emergency services say now is the time to prepare for a flood emergency.
Macon-Bibb EMA Agency gives advice to prepare for floods
Flood preparations

MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — With a strong chance of rain later this week, Macon-Bibb County Emergency Services say now is the time to prepare for a flooding emergency.

This past weekend, parts of Macon-Bibb County experienced high levels of flash flooding.

According to Spencer Hawkins, director of Macon-Bibb EMA, flooding can occur if drains are blocked by debris or tree branches.

He says it’s important that someone cleans the sewers before a storm hits.

Flooding can also occur in areas with lots of concrete or asphalt.

“You want to stay safe,” Hawkins said. “If you have to travel in severe weather or generally bad weather, plan extra time so that if you encounter some of this floodwater, you have plenty of time to move around and find an alternate route.”

It’s also important to make sure you have insurance to cover flood damage.

Hawkins says if you have a basement, be sure to lift all items to prevent damage to your items.

Macon-Bibb EMA is hosting its first emergency preparedness show on September 17th.