Thursday night, local meteorologists are predicting three to five inches of rain in most areas, with the possibility of even eight inches in some isolated areas. Rain from Tropical Depression Isaac is expected to hit the St. Louis area around noon Friday.
The St. Louis County Police Department is warning residents that with the possibility of extreme weather expected this weekend, they should be extremely alert and pay close attention to their surroundings. Police point out that heavy rains and storms could lead to flash flooding, downed power lines and other dangers.
In a news release, St. Louis County Police also offered the following tips in case of extreme weather conditions.
DO NOT TAKE RISKS - Driving through standing water on a flooded street can be hazardous. Water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
BE KEENLY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS - Just because a road isn't closed during extreme weather does not mean it is entirely safe. The manpower of emergency responders of any organization can be deeply taxed during these times. Again, water can rise quickly on streets and roadways. Heavy winds can quickly bring down electrical or power lines.
CALL 911 IF YOU NOTICE ANY DANGEROUS SITUATION OCCURING - Because so many things can happen so quickly, carry a phone with you. Make notification to the appropriate entity if you observe any dangerous situation occurring.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch advises that citizens should not hesitate to call 911 if they see any of these threatening events.
"The St. Louis County Police Department and other County Departments will be monitoring the effects of any extreme weather we may receive; however, the involvement of our citizens is crucial during these times.”