ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Hurrican Laura now poses a flooding threat to North Mississippi, but the Aberdeen Mayor is trying to prevent that.
"If we have to send a boat down there to get you, we're going to get you out," said Mayor Maurice Howard.
Mayor Maurice Howard said areas like Martin Luther King St. are prone to flooding.
"With an old infrastructure, there's going to be some things that we just can't help that's going to flood," said Howard.
Because of this, he said he called in an engineer to clean ditches about a month ago.
However, with storms on the way, he says crews are still working to make sure there is somewhere for all the rain to go.
"Our public works department is going through making sure that all ditches are cleaned and maintained that no debris or anything is clogging any drainage," said Howard.
Some areas of town have fewer drains than others, because of this he said there are steps everyone needs to take in case of an emergency.
"Be sure to have your vehicles out of the way," said Howard.
He said to avoid damaged cars residents should find somewhere to leave their vehicles, a church parking lot that is less likely to flood.
Howard said by taking these steps the Aberdeen community will make it through whatever comes.
"We help each other, we stand together, we're Aberdeen strong."