County, NWS holding workshop on flooding

FLASH FLOOD ALLEY

Residents who have been here for a couple of years or more know all about “flash flood alley.”

They learned — in a big way — what can happen when a “rain bomb” falls upstream during the May and October floods of 2015. Both those events caused devastation, and many families are still in the process of recovery.

San Marcos residents got refresher courses on Sept. 29 of 2016 and April 11 of this year, when locally-heavy rainfall turned city streets into rivers and swept vehicles off roadways.

Not everyone has been here that long, however, and to help newcomers realize — and longer term residents learn more about — flash flooding, Hays County has joined with the National Weather Service.

The two entities have scheduled an educational class open to the public on Sept .6.

“Flash Flooding: Know the Dangers” is geared toward residents who want to understand why flash floods are so common in Hays County and how to prepare for them. It’s a pilot program in Hays County and if all goes well, the NWS plans to present it in other areas of the U.S. prone to flash flooding.

The class will be held at the Kyle Fire Department, 210 West Moore Street, Kyle, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

“This is an opportunity to find out more about why Hays County is known as “flash flood alley” and why keeping an eye on the sky is critical to all of us,” Hays County Office of Emergency Services Director Kharley Smith said. “September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, so the timing is excellent for learning about your and your family’s safety.”

Smith also noted that residents who are interested in becoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members or who simply want to be more prepared in the event of an emergency should attend the CERT Academy on Aug. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also at the Kyle Fire Department. Attendees at the CERT Academy classes learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, do a line search for missing persons, basic first aid and build a shelter kit.

“We have a very active CERT organization – dedicated citizens who are invaluable to us during emergency situations,” Smith said. “Our local first responders are experienced and we appreciate their willingness to share their expertise with our residents.” More information about CERT is at www.hayscountycert.com.

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