When Flooding Occurs: Staying Safe


When flooding occurs, areas around and within your home can be very dangerous. Please consider the following safety tips:

  • Turn off all electrical circuits at the main breaker/fuse panel. If this is not possible, disconnect all electrical appliances. Consideration should also be given to shutting off water and gas services.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive. Just six inches of water can flow fast enough to knock the average person off their feet.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all articles that got wet with floodwater. Floodwaters sometimes contain sewage, pesticides and other chemicals. When in doubt, throw them out.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. During a flood, more people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
  • Be aware of and avoid downed power lines. Electric current will travel through water.

The Engineering Office provides advice and assistance to residents experiencing flooding and drainage problems. Assistance requests can by made by phone, fax, in person (please call 377-4486 for an appointment) or by e-mail.

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updated Jan 15, 2018