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How St. Louis is Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The city of St. Louis is remembering the lesson of Hurricane Ike as it prepares for Hurricane Isaac.

Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford, the city is making sure, now, that the right people are in the right place should Hurricane Isaac cause things like downed trees and power lines.

“We don’t want to have to wait until Tuesday to get things cleaned up.” said Rainford.

He says the city doesn’t want to be caught off-guard with people out of town for the holiday weekend, so preparations are already underway.

“If for some reason there is a lot of flooding and people are forced out of their homes we want to have arrangements for them in coordination with the Red Cross and Salvation Army.” Rainford added.

Sewer District Prepares for Heavy Rain

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Midwest may get a break from the drought when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week, but the torrent of rain could create problems.

Some forecasters have called for up to 4 inches of rain in the St. Louis area by Saturday. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says it’s taking steps to get ready, and encourages homeowners to do the same.

The district suggests removing debris from streets and clearing downspouts, drains and gutters. The high volume of rainwater could stress storm sewer systems, so officials suggest limiting use of things like dishwashers and washing machines during heavy rain.

Keep waterways on your property clear of debris so rainwater can flow away as quickly as possible.

If flash flooding occurs, get to higher ground quickly.

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