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Concord residents urged to monitor weather and be ready for flooding
Thursday, October 1, 2015

CONCORD – The City of Concord urges residents to monitor the developing severe weather situation associated with a nearly stationary upper low over the southeast United States and Hurricane Joaquin approaching the east coast.

While much uncertainty remains about the projected path of Hurricane Joaquin, our area can expect to receive several days of heavy rain and wind. With the ground already being saturated from the last week of rain, conditions are right for flooding to occur. The
National Weather Service has already issued a flash flood watch in effect between Friday morning and Monday morning. Click here for local flood awareness information.

During periods of heavy rain flash flooding can occur with little or no warning due to the large number of paved surfaces across the city. These surfaces do not allow water to be absorbed into the ground and can result in storm drains often being overwhelmed, causing localized flooding. The ground saturation and wind potential increases the risk for trees and limbs to damage utility lines and property.

The City of Concord is monitoring the situation and taking several steps to ensure preparedness for this weekend. Multiple City departments are assisting with inlet inspections as well as checking large culverts to mitigate the impact of flash floods. Departments are also clearing debris from curb lines and storm drains, preparing safety and response equipment, and making plans for additional personnel as needed.

The public is strongly encouraged to monitor the weather and take similar preparation steps.

  • If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions.
  • Drive slowly. Vehicles, including those with 4-wheel drive, take longer to stop in wet conditions than on dry pavement.
  • Do not walk or drive through flooded streets, the actual depth of the water may not be apparent. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Flood water can be contaminated. Avoid contact with sewer water, as it poses a serious health risk.
  • Exercise caution and avoid walking on slippery surfaces.
  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
  • Report any downed power lines and avoid standing in flood water, as it can carry electrical current. 

Severe weather safety tips:

  • Maintain an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car to help prepare for power outages or impassable roads.
  • Visit ready.gov (listo.gov en español) to learn more about how to be better prepared and how to protect your family during emergencies.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news for severe weather updates and National Weather Service watches and warnings.
  • If severe weather strikes, follow the instructions of state and local officials, and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated disaster response and evacuation information.
  • Be a Force of Nature. Become familiar with the terms used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.