CAIRO, Ill. (KFVS) - Cairo, Illinois will kicked off Flood Risk Awareness Week on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The theme is “FloodSmart Cairo."
A FloodSmart Cairo Town Hall Meeting was held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 where Mayor Thomas Simpson signed a proclamation.
This proclamation officially designated the week as Cairo Flood Risk Awareness Week.
This provided an opportunity for people in Cairo to learn about the potential for flooding and the need to have an evacuation plan if an evacuation order is ever given.
Development of this flood risk communication campaign has been the work of the City of Cairo and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
They hope to raise awareness of the flood risk, evacuation routes and flood safety.
City officials said they are working toward the goal “to improve and increase flood risk communication and present a united inter-agency message.”
They said the levee system is not flood-proof.
While residents can feel secure and confident in the levee system, there is always a possibility for river levels to breach the system,
City officials hope to give residents the information to be prepared in the event of a flood or evacuation through Cairo Flood Risk Awareness Week.