Flood awareness

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KIMT News 3 – There may be some longer lasting effects from the heavy rain earlier this week. Some areas saw as many as four inches of rain in a matter of minutes on Sunday. That rain caused some localized flooding in fields and roads.

One Emergency Management Coordinator says the main thing is public awareness. This is why Mitchell County is using a new system to alert the public within seconds of severe weather like this. It’s called the WENS system.

“People have to register for it online, and they can sign up for it and then it will automatically warn them by cell phone, landline, pager, whatever system that they sign up for,” says Emergency Coordinator Ray Huftalin.

The good news is, it’s free. If you live in Mitchell County here is the link to sign up: http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/mitchell_ia/wens.cfm%20.

If you want to know if your community offers this service, call your local sheriff’s office or fire department.

We may be seeing some flooding through the week, so Huftalin advises people to not drive in standing water and farmers should keep their livestock a safe distance away from flooding.

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