FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2009
Emergency Operations Center monitors severe weather
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Management Office, a division of the City Manager's Office, is monitoring severe weather expected to affect the area late this evening and overnight.
City emergency response personnel participated in a 1:30 p.m. conference call with area public safety officials and the National Weather Service. During the call, weather officials indicated a possibility of severe thunderstorms, large hail and winds from 40-50 mph entering the metro area after midnight, with potential storms arriving in advance of the late night storm front.
Storms will continue to affect the area throughout the night, and may cause flash flooding. Drivers should use caution and avoid areas that are barricaded or where the roadway is covered with water.
City staff from the Police, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Fire, Water Services and General Services departments are prepared to deploy barricades as needed, and the 3-1-1 Action Center and City Communications Office (both divisions of the City Manager's Office) are monitoring conditions and will notify the public of additional information.
Media inquiries about this situation should be directed to the Emergency Operations Center, (816) 784-9300.