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Things to know about flooding information available from BoCC

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BARTOW – Did you know that more than 46 percent of land in Polk County at risk of flooding? Would you know what to do if it happens to you?

“According to the National Weather Service, January was one of the wettest on record,” said Flood Plain Manager Randall Vogel. “This year’s El Niño weather pattern has our many lakes at high levels, and standing water in low-lying areas. Severe weather with heavy rainfall could potentially cause rivers and streams to rise above flood stage.”

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Polk County’s Floodplain Management office has materials available to you to help you plan for fast-rising waters and the cleanup that might follow.

Information including statistical data regarding flooding, preparation and safety tips, flood insurance and access to current flood insurance rate maps are all available on the Polk County website, www.polk-county.net/boccsite/Your-Government/Floodplain-Management.

Two recently updated handouts are available from the website, or in print. “Be Flood Smart” newsletters and “Things to Know about Flooding” brochures can be picked up at the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W. Church Street, Bartow, Fla. 33830, or can be mailed to you by calling the Floodplain Management office at (863) 534-6767