Preparing for heavy rain after a dry summer

By Audrey Williams

August 31, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Earlier this week, Hurricane Isaac devastated the Gulf Coast. Friday begins the first full day of clean-up in the south as the remnants of Issac push into the Heart of Illinois.

Hurricane Isaac quickly dropped between 15 and 20 inches of water on parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. While we aren't expected to get that much, the remnants could drop close to 5 inches of rain in a 48 hour period.

Ahead of the coming rains, crews in Peoria started preparations on Thursday.

"Our main concern right now is making sure the debris is clear from our drains, the top of our drains, on our primary streets," said David Haste, Streets and sewer manager for the City of Peoria.

As the rains move in, Haste says city crews will be on stand-by.

Haste urges motorists to look for standing water on the roads and be especially cautious at night.

"We're prepared with barricades, signs, road closed signs, anything that we need to prevent traffic from running over the water," adds Haste.

Meanwhile, homeowners should also be preparing ahead of the storm.

"Start to check gutters and sump pumps, make sure their working properly. If they have battery back-ups make sure the batteries are charged up and ready to go, there is no obstructions to any of the lines leading out so they can properly drain if there is a situations where water infiltrates the home," said Servpro President Jason Fletcher.

In the event you find yourself with the water rising inside instead of outside, Fletcher said don't waste any time taking action.

"Obviously check to see if the sump pump is working or what the obstruction is that's causing it to come in. Any furniture or belongings that are on the floor, raise them up off the floor. Put wooden blocks underneath them or put foil around the legs of furniture," said Fletcher.

If your home or furniture does get water damage, Fletcher said don't hesitate to call a restoration company.

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