Risk management crews prepare for RAGBRAI

MASON CITY, Iowa – With the threat of snow in the forecast it may be nice to think about what the weather will be like in July when RAGBRAI comes through north Iowa.

And while it would be great to have nice weather, a risk management team is working to plan for a different scenario.

Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management is planning now for what they will do if severe weather strikes during the RAGBRAI stop.

“To look at those situations that are not the normal, the day-to-day. What happens if we should have torrential rain and flash flooding and if you have campers around a river that’s important? What do we do for hail, for severe thunderstorms, or that tornado,” says Steve O’Neil, emergency management coordinator for the county.

Right now they’re working on securing about 25 facilities to be used as shelters for the many campers, just in case dangerous weather comes their way.

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