What to know about flood safety

Posted at 8:03 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2021-04-23 09:34:42-04

What should people do if they encounter flooded waters whether at home or in their vehicle. FEMA and the Red Cross give the following tips. 


* LIsten to area radio and television stations along with a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information. 

* Be prepared to evacuate.

* If you get to water that is above your ankles, turn around and head another way. If you drive on a road that is becoming flooded, turn around. 

* 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, while 1 foot of moving water can carry a vehicle.

* Do not drive over bridges with fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can make a bridge unstable. 

* Move to higher ground if flash flooding occurs.

* If floodwaters rise around the car, but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. If the water is moving, do not leave the car. 

* Avoid walking or driving through flooded waters. 

* Do not wade in floodwaters. Such waters could have wild animals, including poisonous snakes. 

* Watch for downed power lines. Do not step in puddles or standing water when there are power lines down.

* If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

* If your home was damaged by floodwater, approach entrances carefully. Supports could be damaged.

* When cleaning up, wear rubber gloves and rubber boots.

* Discard food items that have come into contact with floodwater, including canned goods and water bottles.  

Google has created a map to show evacuation resources for flooding caused by Harvey.