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Area officials prepare for heavy rain this weekend

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 8:46 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With hurricane season just beginning, a storm system is developing in the Gulf. And while local officials say it’s nothing to worry about at this point, they still want everyone to be prepared.

“I feel like this is a good test run with the residents and the tourists here,” Panama City Beach City Councilman Paul Casto said.

Lynn Haven Assistant Public Works Director Chris Lightfoot tells us the city has been doing a lot of maintenance over the past several months to help with flood prevention. He says the city is ready for any type of stormwater that may come our way.

“Each department is deployed to a certain zone throughout the city, and they will begin cleaning inlets, cleaning debris out of ditches, anything that could hinder stormwater flow. So we begin that process early before the storm gets here in anticipation of getting heavy rain and making sure the stormwater can flow as it should,” Lightfoot said.

And significant storm prepping is taking place in Panama City Beach also.

”Panama City Beach stormwater crews have been on the roads the last couple of days cleaning the ditches and the stormwater outfall pipes to the Gulf to make sure they are clear to cut down on any flooding,” Casto said.

Officials say residents and those visiting the area need to be extra cautious especially on the roadways.

“If we were to get severe rain and flooded roads, please avoid the flooded roads, please avoid driving through the standing water, just take the necessary precautions,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot and Casto both say they don’t expect significant flooding from this system, but it’s always better to be prepared just in case.

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