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Waco Fire Department explains what to do to stay ahead of severe weather

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 22:37:47-04

WACO, TX — The Waco Fire Department said swift water rescue occurrences increase when severe weather strikes.

"I understand there's going to be some bad weather coming up with a considerable amount of rain over a number of days, and that's generally the biggest problem, when we get a lot of rain," said Patrick Kerwin, the Waco Fire Department's battalion chief.

Technical rescue station lieutenant Wade Kaminski and Kerwin explained what could be done to lower the risk of needing a swift water rescue during severe weather.

"Stay away from any hazards that are marked, especially with storms, everybody has cell phones now, and everybody's weather goes off. If it says Flash Flood Warning, adhere to the warning, be responsible for yourself," said Kaminski.

They said do not drive over any level of flooding, don't allow children to play near creeks, streams, rivers or lakes and do not choose to participate in water related recreational sports like kayaking or swimming. These steps can prevent a swift water rescue, according to officials.

"High water, even wind. I mean, heavy rain changes all around here, the creeks and the way the water flows around here in Waco, that's why we're in this business," said Kaminski.

"The best thing to do is stay ahead of the weather and know when the bad weather is coming and just be cautious," said Kerwin.

They also are urging the public if you are being rescued to listen to the department's instructions. They said to not panic, and work with them to ensure your safety.