Danville Police and other departments stepped up activities after the National Weather Service upgraded the weekend weather forecast to a Flood Warning. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says the city has been told to expect some heavy rain.
''The forecast projects five inches of rain, which we all know is a considerable amount. And so today we're taking precautions. We have police officers going through the Morins' Addition to talk to the residents there about potential evacuation plans,'' said the Mayor. ''We're going to be closing down Ellsworth Park either this afternoon or the first thing Saturday morning. Harrison Park is going through now - they're removing several items from the (golf) course to make sure those are not impacted by the flood. We recognize those three areas specifically flood very easily when we have the types of rains we're expecting.''
And the Mayor adds motorists will need to be cautious all over the city as the heavy rain falls.
''They need to be careful driving around, particularly if in part of this storm we receive significant amounts at one time. The heavy downpours obviously cause our streets to flood. We've been out today working in areas that we know are considered hot spots for flooding to make sure the grates (along gutters) have all been cleaned.'' And the Mayor added local residents can help by making sure the storm grates near their home are clear of debris to help with runoff.
Mayor Eisenhauer added that it is important to stay away from the floodwaters if flooding occurs. He says it is very easy to get swept away in the flooding, and that is a key reason the city decided to close such areas as Ellsworth Park which is prone to flooding.