Residents who live in flood-prone areas may be in for a soggy Christmas celebration due to a combination of rain and melting snow. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery says ditches and creeks may flood, and ponding on roads and potential wash-outs are all possible. He urges anyone who has experienced issues with flooding in the past to take precautionary measures to ensure safety. He recommends using an all-hazards weather radio to stay informed about potential dangers and developing a family safety plan. Additionally, Avery says you should never let children play around high water areas, ditches or storm drains. He adds that barricades are put up for protection and says you should never try to drive around one. Turn around, don’t drown – don’t drive through flooded roadways, as the pavement underneath may be washed out. Also, Avery says motorists need to be extra cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.