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What to do DURING A FLOOD
If you are in a flooded or flood-prone area, these actions may decrease the potential of injury due to flooding:
PACK YOUR VEHICLE WITH THE BOX OR BAG YOU PREPARED IN CASE EVACUATION IS A POSSIBILITY. (see What to do BEFORE A FLOOD)
IF THERE IS TIME, ELEVATE VALUABLES AND ITEMS THAT ARE PRONE TO MOLD CONTAMINATION OR WILL BE DESTROYED BY FLOOD WATERS - Place these items in the top level of your home or business or on top of cabinets, furniture, etc.
LISTEN TO LOCAL NEWS to find out whether evacuation is advised or mandated and which roads to avoid if you need to drive somewhere.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA - More people drown in cars than anywhere else; do not drive around barriers.
DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER - Currents can be deceptive; six inches of water can knock you off your feet.
STAY AWAY FROM POWER LINES AND ELECTRICAL WIRES - If your house is about to be flooded, turn off the power at the service box; electrical current can travel through water. Electrocution is the second leading cause of death during floods.
BE ALERT TO GAS LEAKS - Turn off the gas to your house before it floods. If you smell gas, report it to your gas company. Do not use candles, lanterns or open flames if you smell gas or are unsure if your gas has been shut off.
KEEP CHILDREN AND PETS AWAY FROM FLOOD WATERS, DITCHES, CULVERTS AND STORM DRAINS - Flood waters can carry unimaginable items that have dislodged themselves. Culverts may suck smaller people and pets into drainage pipes rendering them helpless.
LOOK OUT FOR UNDOMESTICATED ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY SNAKES - Small animals that have been flooded out of their home may seek shelter in yours. Even pets that have been separated from their families may be nervous/frightened and may act uncharacteristically or be unapproachable; be cautious.
DO NOT USE GAS ENGINES, SUCH AS GENERATORS, OR CHARCOAL FIRES INDOORS DURING POWER OUTAGES - Carbon monoxide exhaust can pose serious health hazards.
SANDBAG AND EVACUATION SITES will be activated on weather conditions of flood watch and flood warning. Details are listed on this Public Works page.
THE CITY'S FLOOD RESPONSE PROTOCOL is based on weather conditions of flood watch, flood warning, and water depth at multiple gauges. The protocol and inundation maps can be viewed on this Health and Safety page.