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Flood Tips

Post Date:12/22/2016 9:12 AM

With rain season here, we offer some tips to help in case of flooding: 

When a Flood is Imminent

·         Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.

·         If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.

·         If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.

·         If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.

·         Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

During a Flood

·         Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.

·         If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

·         Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

·         Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

After a Flood

·         Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.

·         Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

·         Avoid moving water.

·         Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

·         Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.

·         Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

·         Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.

·         Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.

·         Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.