Milford officials urge public to prepare for heavy downpours from Ida

Milford officials are urging the public to prepare for heavy downpours as remnants of Ida move closer into the region today.  
Before the rain picks up later today, and can cause potential flooding, officials are sounding the alarm for necessary precautions like clearing storm drains. 
Officials in Milford say they are expecting 3-6 inches of rain. 
The Milford Department of Public Works cleared streams and catch basins. 
Barricades have also been placed in areas throughout Milford that are prone to flooding, officials say. 
The Milford Fire Department posted a reminder on Facebook saying, "Now is the time to make sure your street's catch basin is cleared. A quick sweep with a broom or rake will easily clear off a catch basin and keep our drainage systems flowing properly.”
The fire department went on to say there's nearly 9,000 catch basins throughout the city of Milford, stressing the importance of disposing of yard waste properly so that debris does not block basins.
Residents can drop off any yard debris at the transfer station on Oronoque Road.
Officials say now is also a good time for those who live in low-lying areas to move their cars to higher ground.