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Harrisburg preps ahead of potential flooding

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HARRISBURG -- Flooding prep is underway in parts of southern Illinois, including Harrisburg.

Last April, parts of the city saw over six inches of rain, creating challenges for neighbors and businesses. Now, crews and city leaders are working to get ahead of it all.

"With this much rain coming this quick, you never know what could happen," said Harrisburg Mayor John McPeek. "Their basements flood, which is always an awful thing."

Kelly Heffner, the superintendent of the Harrisburg Water and Sewer Department, said taking action now can help prevent those problems.

"Making sure all of our pumping areas are clean and trying to make sure any bridges and ditches are free of big limbs and any other debris that can impede water flow to get it out of town," Heffner said.

Hefner stressed the importance of keeping debris out of the pump screens.

"There's giant pumps inside this building and when they get clogged up with debris, they don't pump as well when they're clean," Hefner said.

They encourage neighbors to properly dispose of their trash, that way it doesn't add to the build-up.

"You see something different every time you have a major rain event and you always try and learn from it," Kelly said.

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