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A flood is any high flow, overflow, or inundation by water which causes or threatens damage. Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters.
Before a Flood
- If flooding is likely, and time permits, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of your building.
- Most importantly, move to a safe area before safe exit is cut off by flood water.
During a Flood
- Stay on higher ground; avoid areas subject to sudden to flooding.
- Do not attempt to cross through an area of flowing water if it is above your knees.
- Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. You could become stranded and trapped.
- If your vehicle stalls while traveling through the predicted pathway of the flood, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Many people drown while trying to rescue their car.
- Do not let children play near storm drains.
After a Flood
- Do not drink any water from the area until it has been tested by health officials.
- Discard all food that has come into contact with floodwater. Canned food is okay to eat.
- Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried thoroughly before being returned to service.
- To examine buildings, use flashlights not lanterns or torches, flammables from broken containers or ruptured gas lines may be inside.
- Report broken utility lines to the Operations Center: 701-777-2591.