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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Rescue and road crews have prepared for major flooding after heavy rain is expected early Thursday morning. In some neighborhoods sandbags have already been stacked in preparation for the storm.

Lt. Kyle Burns said all Arlington fire fighters are trained to respond to water emergencies. The most technical rescues will require the swift water dive rescue team.

“Any time we know there are weather conditions coming in where there could be that type of potential for weather emergencies. We like to prepare for that,” said Burns. “It doesn’t take much water at all to move a vehicle.”

Homeowners in Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights neighborhood have already experienced a flood this summer and have braced for another round of heavy rain. Ken Kirkwood lives on Western Avenue in Arlington Heights and is worried every time the sky becomes dark.

“Every time rain clouds come up I’m terrified now because I know just how little it took on that day to do just that,” explained Kirkwood.

Less than a mile away from Kirkwood’s street three homes on Bryce Avenue flooded in last month’s storm.

Lt. Burns explained that just few inches of rain even is cause for concern because it can still damage a building or vehicles.

“And then depending on the size of the body of water, the size of the channel, it can get bad really quick” said Burns.

Not only in Arlington, but also in Fort Worth, and Dallas, fire and rescue crews say they will be ready to respond. The last major rain Fort Worth fire fighters responded to 42 high water calls.

There were also major problems at several construction zones in Dallas because of a lack of drainage. Dallas crews worked to make sure drains would be clear and areas where water usually pools will be monitored.

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