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Strange weather for December

 
BY: ANDREW TURNER
Staff Writer
Posted on 12/29/2015, 10:43 AM

December has been one of the strangest months for weather this year by far, and the days just after Christmas aren’t any better.

Rain began to fall from the sky late Christmas evening and continued off and on, in the area until early Monday afternoon dropping nearly 5 to 8 inches.

Luckily, according to local forecasts, the worst is behind us. At least until after the weekend.

Monday evening winds were reported to reach between 45-55 mph gusts which made for some hazardous driving conditions as well as some flying debris.

Areas of Saline County have experienced some flooding. Local authorities have stressed the importance of taking caution when crossing water on road ways. Though, most of the urban areas remain unaffected by the high waters, many rural roads are covered in swift moving water.

“Thank you to our Harrisburg City Water and Sewer Department employees that worked all night ensuring the flood waters were flowing out of our city,” said Mayor Dale Fowler. “You are very appreciated.”

Some of the lower areas in Harrisburg experienced some flooding during the heavy rains but City employees made sure to take swift care of the accumulating waters. The intersection of Poplar and Commercial in Harrisburg saw some high waters in the afternoon hours of Dec. 27.

The strange weather we are experiencing this month has affected most of the Midwest, areas along the Mississippi river were prepared to evacuated as the river was expected to crest, according to the National Weather Service, Thursday at its second highest level, topping the April 29, 1973 flood crest of 43.2 feet.

If you are in an area that is experiencing flooding, avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. After the flooded waters have resided, watch out for debris and eroded roads and walkways. Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. But above all else, use common sense and be as safe as possible.