EMO monitoring area during rainfall warning

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AMHERST - A rainfall warning is in effect and Cumberland County’s regional Emergency Measures Officer is keeping an eye on local river systems for flooding.

Jim Hannon, File photo

Jim Hannon, the emergency coordinator, says to watch out in areas of concern like Smith Road in Nappan, and River Phillip outside of Oxford.

“With high rainfall and snow in the woods watch-out for inland flooding. Ditches and culverts can also overrun the highway and undermine the asphalt. Driver’s should be very cautious. Do not use cruise control,” Hannon said.

For people with homes, this is a good opportunity to check drains, and make sure water is flowing away from your house, Hannon says.

“It is a good time to take a moment and check your sump pump. Expect localized flooding.”

Hannon and his crew will be out checking areas for flooding and says the Red Cross is on standby. Hannon would also like to remind anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation to call 911.

Today’s forecast is increased coldness, heavy rain at times, which will change to periods of drizzle. Fog patches should develop around in the afternoon. There is a risk of thundershowers late afternoon. Wind from the southeast will be gusting 30 km/h to 50 km/h.

By Mitch Peters, www.cumberlandnewsnow.com

Organizations: Red Cross

Geographic location: Smith Road, Nappan, Oxford

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