A five-man water rescue crew from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office was checking gear and reviewing assignments Tuesday morning as flooding concerns are on the rise around the county.
Captain Jim Hughes tells KSAL News that his team has a flat bottom boat ready to launch if the call comes in. With more rain in the forecast Hughes added that citizens need to stay aware of their surroundings.
“If there is water over the road do not go through it,” he said.
“If you need any assistance getting out, please call and we’ll come get you the best we can.”
Crew members stay sharp with flood water training throughout the year, answering the call when needed – Captain Hughes and another team member deployed to Texas in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey.
The water rescue crew from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office also assists the Salina Fire Department during swift water rescues. SFD is currently on standby as well with their two rescue boats.
Following a meeting with Saline County Emergency Management, authorities are poised to help anywhere conditions warrant.
Yesterday residents in New Cambria were urged to voluntarily evacuate as a precaution because water could rise 2 to 3 feet higher than flooding that swept through the area in 1993.
A shelter has been opened at First Covenant Church located at 2625 E. Magnolia for those who wish to evacuate.
Power outages can be expected with rising flood waters.