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Preparing for severe weather in East Ridge

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -  The East Ridge Fire Department is ready to respond to the first sign of severe weather. For some people, living in East Ridge means feeling scared at every mention of a flood warning.

"It terrifies me," said East Ridge resident Kandra Payne.
 
Payne is talking about the rain, and for some East Ridge residents, a forecast that mentions flooding causes concern.

"And I'll be awake all night long."
     
Payne lives in an apartment complex near Spring Creek. That's one of the areas the East Ridge Fire Chief said crews often respond to for emergency flooding .
When the forecast calls for high winds and rain the East Ridge Fire Department gets ready for a long night ahead.

"East Ridge does have three major creeks that run through it," said Chief Williams, "The South Chickamauga Creek, the West Chickamauga Creek and Spring Creek."

"We'll have crews in those areas, we'll also have crews throughout the city along with our police officers."
    
Until the first sign of rising waters, crews will stay put and make sure all rescue gear is packed and ready to go.

"With the rapid rise of creek levels we start looking for water getting around our close to residents. We'll make notifications of residents that need to go ahead and probably leave."
Until the first sign of rising waters, crews will stay put and make sure all rescue gear is packed and ready to go.

"With the rapid rise of creek levels we start looking for water getting around our close to residents," Chief Williams said, "We'll make notifications of residents that need to go ahead and probably leave."

Chief Williams said the East Ridge Fire Department has additional volunteer members on call anytime there is potential for severe weather.

As a reminder, if you are driving and a flash flood occurs, do not continue to drive through water.

Chief Williams says that's one of the most dangerous mistakes he sees people make during severe weather.
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