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Emergency crews prepare for possible flooding

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Emergency crews around the area are preparing for what could be a very dangerous night due to the weather.

Star flight is beefing up staff tonight. There are three helicopters here at the hanger with crews for each, ready to take off at a moment's notice.

The main concern here is that with the potential for flash flooding, there could be high water or swift water rescues. Each helicopter has a pilot, a hoist operator and a paramedic. These helicopters come in handy during swift water rescues because they can fly in a straight line at speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, which is much faster than an ambulance.

Crews are hoping they don't have to respond. They are asking drivers to adhere to the old saying of "turn around, don't drown."

Crews are working in 12 hours shifts here and we're told they will be fully staffed through Wednesday, until the threat of flash flooding lifts.

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