Spring has sprung and with it, concerns

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The last 48 hours have brought high winds, rain and even tornadoes for some Midwestern states.

Spring is the most volatile season in Indiana.

“There’s going to be much more to come. What is it, March comes in like a lamb, goes out like a lion? It kind of did this year!” said Dr. Doreen Hojnicki, Vigo County Emergency Management Agency director.

But what should we expect this season?

“We can always bet, starting at this time, all the way until June, where we have storms that seem to pop up, linger for quite a bit, and we get a substantial amount of rainfall. When all that comes at one time, particularly this time of year, where some of the ground is still fairly frozen, can give us really significant flash flooding,” said Hojnicki.

VIDEO | Extended interview with Dr. Doreen Hojnicki

The Vigo County EMA agency has spent this week ramping up for seasonal craziness.

“We have several thousand sandbags already filled and ready to go should anybody need them..on a regular basis, we live in different parts of the county, so when we travel, we’re already looking off the roadways looking for any particular hazards,” Hojnicki said.

They’re also in information gathering mode.

“We try to keep unfilled sandbags at all of our county-based fire departments and in the city as well,” explained Hojnicki. “Making sure they have plenty of supply…our county-based fire are exceptionally good because they’re out making runs all the time to give us a very good situational awareness…we keep eyes and ears out.”

And you need to as well.

“As a safety measure, walk around your home. Look from a standpoint of if high winds come through could this cause secondary damage?” said Hojnicki.

And while EMA is here to help, this department only has three people.

“We do go into 24/7 operation, but the best thing to help your community is to help yourself,” stated Hojnicki.

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