A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is posted Monday - Wednesday due to significant rainfall amounts expected to accumulate. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch until Wednesday at 7am. We expect 2-4 inches of rain that could lead to some localized flooding in areas prone to flooding. This event will also create a slow commute to and from work Monday and Tuesday, and then again on Wednesday morning.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — There should have been 10 firefighters on duty during a weekend shift at one of Memphis' fire stations, but only six were working — and some of those were fill-ins for regulars who called in sick.
The Commercial Appeal reports the station was one of four that had its ladder truck idled for the day so its four firefighters could be spread around to help with manpower shortages caused by a so-called "Red Rash" work stopped.
The city's firefighters and police recently began calling in sick to protest recent budget cuts that raised insurance costs for city employees.
On Saturday, 80 firefighters claimed to be too sick to work, up from 68 on Friday.
At the same time, the number of police officers calling in sick declined to 348.
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