FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO 4PM, FRI, 12/25 TO 4AM SUN, 12/27 WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 4 PM FRIDAY 12/25 THROUGH 4 AM SUNDAY 12/27.

A COMPLEX WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING SEVERAL ROUNDS OF RAIN THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THIS SYSTEM WILL START ACROSS KENTUCKY, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA, THEN WILL LIFT NORTHWARD BY SUNDAY. UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS. IT WILL TAKE ANYWHERE FROM 1.5 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IN 6 HOURS TO CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. THIS MAY EVENTUALLY LEAD TO STRONG RISES AND POSSIBLE FLOODING OF HEADWATER RIVERS.

THIS FLOOD WATCH MAY HAVE TO BE EXTENDED IN TIME FOR SOME COUNTIES WITH MORE RAIN EXPECTED INTO MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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