29 Dec 2015

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Flood Resources

Recent heavy rains have again pushed our area’s rivers and streams to their limits. Roads, homes, and businesses could be affected by the rising water.

If you must evacuate:

1) Secure your home or business. Bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor, if available.

2) Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and disconnect electrical appliances.

3) Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location.If possible, make arrangements to stay with the friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate. Discuss the details of your family evacuation plan with your intended host well beforehand. If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination during an evacuation, make reservations before you leave.  Go to a shelter as a last resort.

4) Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

5) Check into getting flood insurance for possible flooding in the future.

 

If you are travelling to other cities also affected by this storm system in Missouri or nearby states, avoid driving through unfamiliar flooded areas. Drownings can result from driving through water, especially when it is fast moving. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away. As an extra precaution, make sure you fill up your gas tank before you leave town.

If your home and property are affected by these floodwaters here are some important resources to aid you once you can return to your home:

Water Related Emergencies/CDC

Emergency Preparedness and Response/CDC

National Flood Insurance Program

 

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