UPDATE (WKOW) — Over 40 people have been evacuated from their Columbus homes as the Crawfish River rose and flooded part of a neighborhood.
NEW INFO: Lt. Fox with Columbus Fire tells me more than 40 people have been evacuated here due to floods. They’ve been busy all day. They are still asking people to evacuate but some are refusing. @WKOW #wiwx #Flood2019 pic.twitter.com/w9WVD8OJcu
— Hunter Sáenz (@Hunt_Saenz) March 15, 2019
Lt. Jerrad “Foxy” Fox with the Columbus Fire Department told 27 News that more than 40 people were evacuated.
Some people are refusing to leave their homes.
COLUMBUS (WKOW) — Some residents in Columbus are being encouraged to evacuate as flood levels continue to rise on the Crawfish River.
In a post to Facebook, city of Columbus officials said, “Residents who live on Campbell Street, Baden Street, Chisholm and River Road are strongly urged to evacuate as the Crawfish River is expected to continue to rise over the next couple of days.”
“Failure to evacuate will make it impassable (sic) for emergency response to reach you in an emergency,” the post continued.
Displaced residents who need shelter were told to go to the Columbus Community Building at 161 N. Dickason Blvd., while those with pets can take them to the Columbus Fireman’s Park Pavilion at 1049 Park Avenue.
Residents can pick up sandbags at the Old Countryside Ford building at 1149 W. James Street.
Those with questions should call the Columbus Police Department non-emergency line at 920-623-5919.