Buchanan County Emergency Manager urges caution during flooding

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In the wake of localized flash flooding Wednesday emergency officials are reminding drivers to use caution in these types of situations.

Heavy rains Wednesday morning caused localized flash flooding and power outages in the area. Portions of the Belt Highway were closed for a time due to flooding making the roads slow going or impassable. 

Buchanan County Emergency Management Director Bill Brinton said during heavy rains, drivers should be aware it only takes a few inches of rain to wash your car away. 

“The rule is, ‘Turn around, don’t drown,’” Brinton said. “If you find yourself in a situation where you’re approaching some flash flooding – there was a place on Noyes Boulevard where it was completely blocked because of flooding – just don’t drive into it. Be careful and make sure that you don’t become a victim and somebody has to come and rescue you or you might even die.” 

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that the highest rainfall report received came from the south side of St. Joe where 3.30″ was reported.

For more information on emergency procedures and what to do in the event of emergencies or severe weather, visit the City of St. Joseph’s Emergency Management website or the Buchanan County Emergency Management website.