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Flood Safety Tips
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Flood Safety Tips
Below are some simple suggestions for keeping you and your family safe in
case of flooding.
Have your electricity turned off by Consumerís Energy: Some appliances,
such as television sets and computers, keep electrical charges even after they
have been unplugged. Donít use appliances or motors such as in your washer or
dryer that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and
dried. And never enter a flooded basement unless you know the power has been
turned off. The water level may be above the electrical outlets or there may
be a submerged electrical cord.
Be alert for gas leaks: Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Donít
smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been
turned off and the area has been ventilated.
Throw away food: This includes any canned goods that have come in contact
Remember to help your neighbors: Especially those that are elderly, have
disabilities or have infants.
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires: The #2 flood
killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through
water. Report downed power lines to your local power company.
Do not walk through flowing water: Drowning
is the #1 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 in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is
still there. It may seem like a lot of fun, but it is not a good idea to let
your children play in flooded areas. Besides the danger of drowning or injury,
a person can become very sick if the water is ingested.
Do not drive through a flooded area: More people drown in cars than
anywhere else. Donít drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be
washed out or the water may be deep. A car can float in only about two (2) feet of
Look before you step: After a flood, the ground and floors are covered
with debris that may include broken glass. Wear sturdy shoes that have a thick,
non-slip sole. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud or slime can
be very slippery.
Additional information is available at the
Click here to find
out if your property is located within a
floodplain in the city of Midland. The floodplain map is featured in the
City's new Geographic Information System (GIS). Printable versions of the map are available in the
GIS Map Gallery.