ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Midwest may get a break from the drought when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week, but the torrent of rain could create problems.
Some forecasters have called for up to 4 inches of rain in the St. Louis area by Saturday. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says it's taking steps to get ready, and encourages homeowners to do the same.
The district suggests removing debris from streets and clearing downspouts, drains and gutters. The high volume of rainwater could stress storm sewer systems, so officials suggest limiting use of things like dishwashers and washing machines during heavy rain.
Keep waterways on your property clear of debris so rainwater can flow away as quickly as possible.
If flash flooding occurs, get to higher ground quickly.