Dangers of Flooding & Floodwaters
Although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist. Here are some things to remember in the days ahead:
- Avoid moving water.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
- Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may hide animals and broken bottles, and it's also slippery. Avoid walking or driving through it.
- If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded.
- Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
- Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
- Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
- Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
For more info, view Flood information from Department of Homeland Security.
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