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City prepares for chance of heavy rain, flash flooding

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Memphis leaders are preparing for the worst case scenario and hoping that it doesn't happen Thursday as Isaac moves north. Memphis leaders are preparing for the worst case scenario and hoping that it doesn't happen Thursday as Isaac moves north.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Memphis leaders are preparing for the worst case scenario and hoping that it doesn't happen Thursday as Isaac moves north.

As Isaac moves inland with the threat of heavy rains and high winds, crews in Memphis are on standby.

"We're prepared to mobilize," said Glen Thomas, of Memphis, Light, Gas and Water. "Our crisis team is prepared to be activated if we do get severe weather."

The latest weather models show the storm slowly heading northwest but not before leaving some much needed rain in the Mid-South.

"When we have a severe storm it may take several types of crews, from a trouble shooter, to a tree trimming crew, to an overhead crew to restore power to certain areas," Thomas said.

MLGW officials and Memphis Public Works directors say they have been prepping for the potential of flooding and power outages and their crews are prepared to work overtime if necessary.

Workers have been inspecting and cleaning storm drain inlets and systems across the city as well as inspecting drainage systems with a higher propensity for flooding.

"Weather can be unpredictable and if we do get severe weather, we're prepared to respond," said Thomas.

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