Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Flooding: Are You Ready?

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for SW Washington for Tuesday night (1/6/09) through Friday (1/9/09). With high freezing levels and significant rain, there could be some localized flooding in our near future.

Here are some preparedness considerations to consider during a flood:
  • Listen to the radio or television for information.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you live in a location prone to flooding and decide to evacuate your home, you should do the following:

  • Secure your home.
  • If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.
  • Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. Remember: Never touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Consider today....Are You Ready for Flooding?

Clark County Public Works and City of Vancouver Public Works have both issued information on their websites regarding their preparedness activities.

The following 5-minute documentary regarding the 1996 flood from Clark-Vancouver Television is also posted here to refresh our collective memory.

Take care and prepare yourselves for the rain!

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