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First Responders Prepare For Possible Flooding

More than 50 different agencies and city departments have begun to meet in conference calls to coordinate emergency management operations in case floods hit San Antonio and Bexar County this weekend.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said the technical rescue teams are geared up, boats are gassed up, and teams are prepared to deploy from two different locations if they get the call for swift-water rescues.

"There’s one on the north side over by UTSA and then one right in the heart of downtown," Bove said. 

Firefighters train specifically for this type of rescue operation. The fire department wants to remind the public to be safe, he said.

"If the heavy rain gets here, if you don’t have to be out on the roads, just stay home and let it pass. If you do need to be out there driving just use some common sense.”

Bove said conference calls are scheduled for the morning and afternoon Friday and ongoing as much as needed through the rainy weekend.

He says Emergency Management is preparing for a heavy rain situation of 4 to 8 inches and up to 12 inches in isolated areas, and that the heaviest rains are expected to begin around 7 Friday evening.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.