Flood Safety Tips

Tune to local radio or television stations: Listen for emergency information and instructions from authorities.

Do not sightsee in flooded areas: Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities.

Evacuation: If advised by local authorities to leave your home, move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.

Do not walk through flowing water: Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk into standing water, use a pole or stick to locate the ground.

Do not drive through a flooded area: More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the floodwaters may have washed out the road or bridge.

Stay away from power lines and electrical wires: The second major cause of flood related death is electrocution. Electric current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to PG&E at 1(800) 743-5000.

Have your electricity turned off by PG&E: Some appliances, such as television sets, maintain electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have been exposed to water unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.

Look out for animals, especially snakes: Small animals flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and to scare away small animals.

Look before you step: After a flood, the ground and floors may be covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs covered with mud can be very slippery.

Be alert for gas leaks: Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.

Telephone Book: The telephone book has good guidance for how to prepare for an earthquake. Many of these guidelines, especially emergency supplies, are useful for preparing for a flood.

More information:

Tom Smythe
Water Resources Engineer
Lake County Water Resources Department
255 N Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707)263-2344
tom_s@co.lake.ca.us

January 4, 2013