New Systems Help Officials Monitor Flooding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-After the heavy rain Monday morning, emergency coordinators quickly monitored creek levels.

They were also looking ahead to more storms on the horizon due to arrive hours later.

"We are concerned about the rains that are coming on and that is going to add to this," said Jim Green, City Emergency Manager Coordinator.

City and county emergency management teams have taken extra precautions since 2007, when an area along Shunga Creek flooded, forcing people from their homes.

"We have installed a lot of electronic stream gauges throughout the community that weren't here in '07 so we can do a lot of that by computer now too," said Shawnee County Director of Emergency Management Dave Sterbenz.

They also say safety starts with you.

"People need to make sure they are prepared. You are responsible for your own safety. You need to have a go-bag, you need to have a weather radio, you need to be listening to T.V., or some other type of media so that you are paying attention to the weather and be watching in your location. So, if you live close to a creek, pay attention," said Sterbenz.