“People have to work together and at the same time be prepared for bad weather. Everyone needs to have an emergency protection kit. That is the most important thing. This includes flashlights, blankets and the most important thing, their radio. If they have a radio with them they can constantly keep check of the weather alerts, and at least they can know what’s going on,” McGill said.
McGill says everyone should tune in to their local radio stations during bad weather, including WTUK, (105.1 FM) WHLN (1410 AM) and WFSR (970 AM). He also pointed out that over the years flooding has been a major problem for Harlan County. He says that’s one reason that performing consistent maintenance on the flood gates is critical.
“Anytime we have flash flood watches or warnings we always go out and make sure that everything is operating correctly. We always want to make sure that those flood gates are able to close the right way,” he said.
Water gauges are also consistently checked to make sure that water levels are not a problem. Once the water levels go beyond the gauges, the flood gates will then be closed. With the heavy rainfall that Harlan County has experienced throughout the week, residents are advised to take proper precautions.
Dan Mosley, E-911 and special programs coordinator for Harlan County, says the news of a possible flood was surprising news to wake up to.
“I was very shocked to wake up and see that we had flood warnings. Especially considering that today was the anniversary of the 77 flood. I thought that was very ironic,” Mosley said.
Mosley went on to point out that this time around the county will be much more prepared for such a disaster.
“I think without a doubt we are in a much better situation as far as preparing for flooding. With all the technology we have today as far as the media and all the weather alerts that are available, people get information a lot quicker then they did 31 years ago,” he said. “The flooding projects that we have had over the years will help us a great deal. I am very confident in this county’s ability to prepare for bad weather situations.”