If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another
way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away
wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe, flood waters may still be rising.
Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water. You may not
be able to see on the surface how fast flood water is moving or see
holes and submerged debris.
If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water, if you can
get out safely, do so immediately and move to higher ground. Vehicles
can be swept away in 2 feet of water.
Watch out for snakes in areas that were flooded. Flood waters flush snakes from their homes.
Stay away from creek and stream banks in flooded and recently
flooded areas. The soaked banks often become unstable due to heavy
rainfall and can suddenly give way, tossing you into rapidly moving
Never play around high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or
culverts. It is very easy to be swept away by fast moving water.
Throw away all food that has come into contact with flood waters.
Contaminated flood water contains bacteria and germs. Eating foods
exposed to flood waters can make you very sick.