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Thursday, October 31, 2013

10 Things to Know about Flood Safety

Flooding can occur as streams and rivers overflow their banks, when dams or levees break, with run-off from deep snow cover, or any time there is rainfall with significant duration and intensity.

Keep these facts in mind to stay alive and dry.
1. Flash floods can come suddenly. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall, or when a dam or levee fails and even a sudden release of water held by a debris jam. Be cautious during storms, or any time that flooding is common
2. Drive slowly as you may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.
3. Stay home and don't drive unless necessary.
4. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded road, turn around and find another route.
5. If there is no other travel route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
6. Even if the water looks low enough to cross, don't attempt it. Water hides wholes in the road. Even worse, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can wash away the entire road surface and a large amount of ground beneath.
7. If your car stops running, get out of it immediately and to higher ground.
8. As little as six inches of water can flood the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and or stalling.
9.One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.
10. As much as two feet of water can wash away most vehicles — including SUVs and trucks.

See more safety tips at FEMA.GOV,

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