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Storm Flooding

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

A road affected by spring flooding A road affected by spring flooding

As we approach Spring, the rainy season is right around the corner. No matter where you live there is a good chance your town or city has flooded before, or could possibly flood. There several critical things you need to know about flood water, and the associated dangers.

Don’t drive in flooded areas:

  • Floodwater can pose a drowning risk

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads

  • Do NOT drive into flooded areas; vehicles won’t protect you from floodwaters. Vehicles can be swept away and may stall out.

Stay out of floodwater:

Flood waters contain many substances that are potentially harmful to your health. Here is a list of some of these hazardous items:

  • Downed power lines

  • Human and livestock waste

  • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste

  • Other contaminants that can lead to illness

  • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris

  • Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

Exposures to contaminated floodwater can cause:

  • Wound infections

  • Skin rash

  • Gastrointestinal illness

  • Tetanus

If you come in contact with floodwater:

  • Wash the affected area with soap and clean water. If you don’t have soap or water, use

alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer

  • Take care of wounds and seek medical attention if necessary

  • Wash contaminated clothes with hot water and detergent, or consider disposal

  • If you have to enter flood water, be sure to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles

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