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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2007, 12:30 p.m.

Emergency Operations Center monitors weather

D.A. Christian, manager of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Management Office (a division of the City Manager's Office), reduced the activation level of the Emergency Operations Center to Level 1 at noon on May 7.

Christian activated the center to Level 2 on May 7 at 7:30 a.m. to assemble employees from the Police Department, Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Fire Department, Water Services Department, General Services Department, and the 3-1-1 Action Center and City Communications Office (both divisions of the City Manager's Office) to monitor the weather and prepare for actions that might need to be taken to protect residents.

While storms will continue to affect the area today and tonight, and may cause localized flooding, the National Weather Service is forecasting no flooding along major rivers in the Kansas City area. Drivers should still use caution and avoid areas that are barricaded or where the roadway is covered with water.

This is a summary of the situation:

    Barricade teams have been blocking off areas prone to flash flooding since May 6.

    The Emergency Operations Center was activated May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Level 1 to monitor weather conditions.

    
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