Remain prepared for spring

Published 11:27 am Thursday, May 1, 2014

After a brutal winter, unfortunately we seem to be seeing more of the same in terms of inclement weather early in the spring season.

While it is not vicious snow and bitter cold, the past few days of heavy rains provide a reminder of the need to be prepared.

Nearly halfway through the spring, flooding has again reared its ugly head throughout the county.

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The past few years the region has been hit hard throughout the spring and summer with heavy rains and storms.

While the area has been fortunate in regard to property damage to this point, we must remain prepared.

It is important to have a plan in the event flooding takes place and put a focus on preventative maintenance for property owners.

These plans can include a variety of items such as checking for obstructions or debris for those who live near creeks and streams throughout the county.

Making sure that sump pumps are working appropriately and residents who are on a citywide sewage and storm system should make certain that they have backflow valves to minimize the chances of anything reverting back through the storm water system.

We all know the saying is “April showers bring May flowers,” and while we cannot predict the weather with a certainty, taking the steps now to be prepared will enhance our readiness for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.