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Independence Flood Update

 

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified Montgomery County Emergency Management that water is being released from Fall River Reservoir and Toronto Reservoir with the potential for flooding, which will likely affect the cities of Coffeyville and Independence, all low lying areas and surrounding farmlands by May 27.

Conditions are being closely monitored by Montgomery County Emergency Management, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Officials. Montgomery County Deputies and Montgomery County Rural Firefighters are going door to door to check on rural residents in affected flood areas. Please call 620-330-1000 if immediate assistance is needed.  

Additional Flooding Safety Information:

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    Avoid     flood water. Do not drive, swim, walk or play near flood water. Turn     around, don’t drown.     
        

  • If     told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades.     Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded     areas.
        

  • Depending     on where you are and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go     to the safe location that you have previously identified.
        

  • Listen     to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current     emergency information and instructions.
        

  • Gather     supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are     cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including     medication.     
        

  • Don’t     forget the needs of pets.     
        

  • Obtain     extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical     equipment.
        

  • Keep     important documents in a waterproof container. Create     password-protected digital copies.
        

  • Protect     your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and     gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
        

  • For     more information about preparing for flood response, visit:     https://www.ready.gov/floods
        

  • If     you were affected by the 2007 flood, please evacuate immediately.
        

  • If     you have family and friends that do not have social media, please     check on them frequently.
     

Residents in these areas are urged to take necessary precautions and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary. Gather supplies for each person’s specific needs and don’t forget your family pets. Shelters are provided in Coffeyville and Independence:

 

Coffeyville – First Southern Baptist Church – Pets allowed

        Boys and Girls Club – Pets allowed

Independence – Memorial Hall – Pets Allowed

 

Shelters are allowing animals. Do not leave animals confined in potentially areas that will be or already are flooding.

To access information on road closures go to kandrive.org. The Kansas Department of Transportation is monitoring road closures.

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