Emergency Management Meeting to Prepare for Ingrid

A lot of eyes are on the southern Gulf of Mexico now that a tropical depression was upgraded to a tropical storm Friday, and is now called Tropical Storm Ingrid.

The City's Emergency Management team met Friday to prepare for whatever newly-formed Tropical Storm Ingrid might bring to the Coastal Bend.

The meeting was held at the Emergency Operations Center on Leopard and Port. City and County officials listened in as the National Weather Service gave its best estimates about rainfall and flooding.

This past weekend, rain showers caused slick roadways that produced a number of accidents and street flooding around town. Even a stretch of SPID was shutdown because of flooding near the Greenwood exit. The tropical storm is supposed to produce a lot more rain, and could prove to be a real test for our emergency readiness.

"If it rains too hard, and too many accidents, we'll actually send people on the way with information they can exchange so we don't have to sit there and have to work each one, so that's one thing we do," said Assistant Chief Mark Schauer of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

The CCPD will also be looking at closing off streets that begin to see significant flooding so that drivers do not try to get through, getting stuck and having to be rescued.


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