Torrential rain drenches many parts of Dallas CountyPublished 9:21pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013
For many Selma and Dallas County residents, an umbrella and rain boots were must-have wardrobe essentials Tuesday as several inches of rain fell throughout the area.
Luckily, no serious damage was reported, said Rhonda Abbott of the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency. However, she advised residents to stay prepared as the forecast is calling for more rain throughout the week.
“Looking at the weather service forecast, they’re expecting additional rainfall at times throughout [Wednesday] night, and there’s actually a cold front expected to come through too,” Abbott said.
After Tuesday’s rainfall, Abbott said several residents reported having tree limbs down, but no major damage.
With more rain headed for Selma and Dallas County, Abbott advised that residents remember all the usual precautionary measures when it comes to flash flooding, such as driving slow through flooded roadways and staying away from drainage ditches.
“It only takes a small amount of rain to float a vehicle,” Abbott advised. “Drainage ditches — a lot of children are still out for summer, people need to make sure they don’t get near it. You just have to watch out.”
Almost a year ago, Abbott said Selma saw especially heavy flooding with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac — and she advised residents to be smart when it comes to flash floods, as they have the potential to destroy homes and vehicles within a matter of minutes.
“You just have to be really aware of your surroundings, whether you’re outside in your yard or in your car,” she said. “Sept. 4 last year, we saw what flash flooding can do — and it happened within the matter of minutes.”