Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has established a Multi-Agency Storm Coordination Center in the advance of the predicted severe weather approaching the area.
“The forecast is for strong storms in our area starting this afternoon,” said Moore who has established the Center at the Jeffersonville Police Headquarters located at 2218 East 10th Street. “We are taking this threat very serious. I would urge residents to use caution when traveling later today.”
The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain and strong winds with the storm. The impact of storm could result in down power lines, power outages and flash flooding.
“Residents should avoid driving into high water. They should stay away from down power lines,” warned Moore.
The Multi-Agency Storm Coordination Center will allow representatives from all city departments to operate at a single location until the severe weather threat has ended. These departments include Police, Fire, Street, Parks, Waste Water and Engineering.
The Center will be managed by the city’s public safety director, Amir Mousavi. “We will work closely with other local and state agencies as necessary,” said Mousavi.
“I have called in all available personnel to be ready for the impact of this potentially dangerous storm. It’s important that we are proactive in our preparations,” said Moore. “We have been hit hard the last couple weeks with unprecedented rain fall. And residents should prepare for even more flash flooding over the next several hours.”
The average precipitation in Jeffersonville for the month of July is about 4.2 inches. Yesterday along, some areas of the city received nearly 6 inches of rain less than an hour.
“No infrastructure can handle this much rain in such a short time,” said Moore. “Jeffersonville was one of many communities that experienced flooding yesterday.”
Residents are urged to check their sewage back flows, clean clogged street drains and remove any personal property from basements or lower levels if they historically flood.
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