Houston County Prepares for Severe Spring Weather

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Storms continue to move into the Wiregrass area, bringing with the possibility for major rainfall.

Houston County EMA Director, Clark Matthews, said, "We are expecting the weekend event to have over nine inches of rain and now our creeks are full so that will create low lying area flooding."

Emergency management officials have in place a plan of attack if rivers in the Wiregrass begin to flood.

"CERT we would call on to ask them to go into the area and move people out if that becomes necessary," says Matthews.

Officials worked in the Emergency Operations Center all day Thursday and plan to be on call until the system passes.

"Our staffs are going to get a break tonight and then we'll be back tomorrow. The EMA staff and center will go up tomorrow, that's pretty much evident."

The Dothan Fire Department is working now to prepare for possible storm damage Friday or Saturday.

"We do work closely with volunteer squads to make sure they have the tools they need to handle any situations that may arise," said Captain Chris Etheredge with the Dothan Fire Department.

The emergency operations center will be up and running Friday and Saturday to get information out about storm threats and damage throughout Houston County.

There will be another weather briefing Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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