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Emergency officials: Act now to prevent flooding

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More rain is on its way and emergency officials are reminding homeowners to take some extra precautions to prevent flooding.

Dane County Emergency Management spokesperson J. McLellan says it's better to take action before heavy rain storms than deal with the aftermath of flooding. When the ground is already saturated, there's nowhere for more moisture to go and run-off happens more quickly, especially in low-lying areas.

McLellan says homeowners should prepare their houses for rain by cleaning gutters, drains and drainways and removing unprotected belongings off basement floors.

You can also work on landscaping to slope the ground away from structures. It's a good idea to check your sump pump to make sure it's working properly, and buy a back-up just in case.

Officials recommend reviewing your homeowners insurance plan and talking with your insurance agent about the possibility of flood or sewer back-up coverage.

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