Heavy rain is expected throughout the week. With flash flooding being one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the U.S., this volume of rain can create a dangerous situation. It is critically important that everyone be careful during this these storms.
Do not attempt to drive through any amount of water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
To help prevent damage to your property, and to keep your family safe CCFR recommends that residents ensure that:
- All downspouts and gutters are completely clear of any debris and functioning properly.
- All patios, decks and porches are clear of furniture, toys and other items that could be blown or swept away.
- There is an easily accessible emergency kit with bottled water, flashlights, a NOAA weather radio and batteries.
- Damaged trees and branches are removed before the storm arrives.
- Large trees are cut back, away from the home.
- Home insurance policies cover flood and water damage.
During and immediately following the storms residents should:
- Stay tuned to local radio and television news to stay abreast on storm news.
- Keep pets indoors, safely away from any flooding or rushing water.
- Stay indoors, at a high elevation location.
- Avoid driving. If driving is required, residents should be cautious, and not enter a water covered roadway.
- Assume that any downed power lines are live and active.
- Never enter areas that are flooded, especially areas with quickly moving water. Turn around, don’t drown.
For more information or additional safety tips contact CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown at 636.970.9700