Try to always stay one step ahead of the weather conditions by keeping informed via local television and/or radio stations. Listed below are some simple tips to keep you and your family safe in the event of flooding.
- Contact Consumers Energy to have power turned OFF. Television sets, computers, and certain other appliances keep an electrical charge even after they have been unplugged. If any appliances or motors (such as washers and dryers) have gotten wet DO NOT use them until they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried. NEVER enter a flooded basement unless you know for sure that the power has been turned OFF. The water level may be above the electrical outlets or possibly there could be a submerged electrical cord.
- Be aware of the possibility of GAS LEAKS. DO NOT SMOKE, USE CANDLES, LANTERNS, OR OPEN FLAMES OF ANY KIND until you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage if you are unsure or until you know the gas is OFF.
- Drowning is the #1 cause of flood related deaths, mostly during flash floods. Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be very deceptive and just six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you must walk through standing water use a pole or stick to insure the ground is still there. NEVER let children play in flood waters. Besides the danger of drowning or becoming injured, flood water can cause serious illness if ingested.
- Do not drive though a flooded area. MORE PEOPLE DIE IN CARS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. Do not drive around road barriers. The water could be too deep or the road/bridge washed out.
- Stay away from power and electrical wires. The #2 cause of deaths in floods is electrocution. Electrical currents travel through water. Report downed power lines to Consumers Energy.
- Remember to assist your neighbors. Especially anyone you know who is elderly, has disabilities or infants.
- Throw away food. This would include canned foods that have come in contact with floodwater.
- Be careful and LOOK before you step. Debris will cover the ground and floors after flooding and may contain sharp metal or broken glass. Any area covered with mud and/or slime can be very slippery. Take precautions and wear heavy, thick-soled, non-slip shoes/boots.
Advanced Hydrologic Predicition Service (National Weather Service Tittabawassee River Information)