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Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Flooding

Although we have seen generally dry conditions this year flooding is always a possibility. Please keep these safety tips in mind to help protect you from the dangers of flooding: 
    •  Do not drive through a flooded area. The road or bridge may be washed out causing the water to be deeper than it appears.  
    •  Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet. 
    •  Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, and turn off your power before it floods. Do not touch any electrical devices if you are wet or standing in water. 
    •  Beware of gas leaks. Turn off the gas to your house before it floods. If you smell gas, report it to the gas company, and do not use candles, lanterns, or open flames. 
    •  Keep children away from floodwaters, ditches, culverts, and storm drains. Floodwaters can carry dangerous items and may suck smaller people into culverts or drains.  
    •  Clean everything that has been exposed to flooding. Floodwater may be contaminated with sewage and chemicals. 
    •  Look out for animals, especially snakes. 
    •  Do not use gas engines such as generators, or charcoal fires indoors during power outages. Carbon monoxide exhaust can pose a serious health hazard. 
Visit www.stcharles.gov/flood for information and links to flood-related sites. Or contact the Public Works Engineering Division at 630-377-4486.

updated Nov 01, 2021