Coast Guard prepares for potential flooding, urges caution

High Water SignLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley is urging the public to exercise caution in anticipation of possible flooding throughout the Ohio River Valley.

The Coast Guard is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and local emergency response organizations to prepare for potential flooding in Kentucky and Jackson and Washington Counties in Indiana, which are under a flash-flood warning that was issued by the National Weather Service.

The Coast Guard has Disaster Assistance Response Teams on standby in the event that flooding in the area leaves citizens stranded by flood waters. DARTs use shallow-water boats and specialized equipment designed to rescue individuals stranded by flood waters and transport supplies.

“The Coast Guard takes these predictions of flooding very seriously,” said Cmdr. Andrew Tucci, executive officer for Sector Ohio Valley. “We and our federal, state and local partners are ready to quickly respond to emergencies in the event of serious flooding.”

The Coast Guard encourages the public to monitor local weather broadcasts for further information about potential flooding.

For information on how you can prepare for flooding and other emergencies, visit http://www.ready.gov/.

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