The onslaught of predicted rains this week is likely to produce a flash flood/flooding hazard. Water may rise quickly, and will recede quickly. This does create some potential dangers for the public. The following is a list of basic safety tips that could save your life.
– Use caution and slow down while driving. The faster you go on a wet roadway, the more likely you are to hydroplane
– Do not drive into flood water; 2’ of water can cause your car to float
– If the road is flooded, find another route
– Be especially careful after dark as it can be difficult to see a flooded roadway
– If you become stranded in a flooded vehicle, exit and move to higher ground only if it is safe to do so
– Make sure your cell phone is charged so that, if you do become stranded, you can call for help
– Do not walk along flooded streets; 6” of moving water can sweep you off your feet
– If you are camping this weekend near a waterway, pay close attention to the weather and warnings from the National Weather Service. Our recommendation is, do not camp near a waterway – this weekend, if you are in the storm’s path.
– If you have a sump pump, check it in advance to ensure it is working properly
– If the storm is accompanied by high winds, be mindful of downed trees and/or power lines
Remember, not following some of these basic tips will not only endanger your life, but can needlessly endanger the lives of those charged with rescuing you.