Flooding

Flooding is common in South Florida’s flat terrain. Heavy rainstorms cause flooding in many poorly drained and low-lying areas. Flood waters can severely damage property and leave people stranded. Flood waters hide many dangers so remember these tips:

  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
  • DO NOT walk, swim, or play in flood waters:
    • You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving and be hurt by flowing debris or fall into the holes underneath.
    • The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.
    • Floodwaters may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Avoid driving through flood waters. Driving through flooded roadways can flood your engine, leaving you stalled or stranded.
    • It only takes 2 feet of water to sweep most cars away, including SUVs and Pickups.

Visit these websites for more information about floods and steps to take to keep your family safe:

National Weather Service (http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/index.shtml)

Ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/floods)

American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood)

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