Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue prepares for Ida

Ida Landfall

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox appointed Tuscaloosa City Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Smith as Incident Command commander Friday in anticipation of potential flooding and an influx of people from the Gulf Coast.

With rain and flooding being the biggest problem for the city of Tuscaloosa, McFarland Boulevard is already one of many areas showing concerns.

“We’ve had some flooding in the past on McFarland, 13th Street, and some other areas around the city that are kind of prone to flooding,” Smith said. “That is why we went out today and started to kind of see if there was anything that they needed to clear to make sure we have good stormwater runoff.”

Smith gave some advice to keep in mind when preparing for the storm.

“Make sure that if the power goes out, which is a good possibility, if you have generator make sure you practice good safety,” Smith said. “Keep it away from the house, don’t fill it up, and let it cool down at least 20 minutes before you try to put fuel in it. Don’t place a generator in your home, you know have your medications and things of that nature, we are just asking people to stay off the road.”

The city has been preparing for the past 24 hours and they have all police and fire departments making the necessary preparations.

“On the fire department side we’ve placed two extra crews for Monday, starting Monday morning that are our technical response teams that can do structural collapse or swift order rescue depending on the nature of the event,” Smith said. “We will make sure that all of our apparatus are ready to respond we have additional personnel that we can call in that have been identified.”

Smith said if you have an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency matters, call 311.

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