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Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. Just two feet of water will carry away most automobiles. Never drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicles and its occupants and sweep them away. Be especially careful when driving at night. Flooding is the number one weather-related killer in the United States and cause more damage nationwide than any other natural disaster. Flash flooding occurs within six hours of a rain event. Flooding is a longer term event and may last a week or more. Inland flooding due to hurricanes can be extensive as rainfall from a hurricane sometimes can be measured in tens of inches.

Flood Presidential Declaration for Flooding
Inglis, Fl - June 2003
 

If you are in a flood zone and a flood warning has been issued, evacuate immediately. If you have time, turn off all utilities at the main switch, open basement windows to equalize water pressure on the foundations and wills and move all valuables to a higher floor if possible, but only if you have time. If you're caught in the house by suddenly rising waters, move to the second floor and/or the roof. Take warm clothing and a flashlight and radio with you. Do not try to swim to safety. Wait for help. Rescue teams will be looking for you.

 
After a flood, call your insurance agent. Have your policy and list of possessions handy to simplify the adjuster's work. When it is safe to return home, be sure your house is not in danger of collapsing before entering. Watch for live electrical wires and don't turn on any electrically operated light or appliance until an electrician has checked your system. Don't strike a match or use a flame as escaping gas could cause an explosion. Open windows and doors to let air circulate. Take photos to record the damage. Throw out perishable foods, hose down appliances and furniture, even if they have been destroyed. You need to keep these for the adjuster's inspection. Pump basement gradually (one third each day to prevent further structural damage). Shovel out mud while it is still wet. Have your water tested before using. Make any temporary repairs necessary to stop further losses from the elements and prevent looting.
 
Flood waters may contain fecal material and associated bacteria and viruses from overflowing septic tanks and/or public sewerage systems. Although skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, avoid contact if you have open cuts or sores. If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to flood waters, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling or drainage, seek immediate medical attention. There is some risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with flood waters.
 
Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children's hands frequently (especially before meals), and do not allow children to play with flood water-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one ounce of bleach (1/8th cup) in two gallons of water.
 
Don't wade through standing water. If you must, bathe and put on clean clothes as soon as possible.
 
It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected before preparing or eating food, after toilet use, after participating in flood cleanup activities, and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
 
If your plumbing is functioning slowly or sluggishly, you should:
1. Conserve water as much as possible, the less water used, the less sewage the system must process. Minimize use of your washing machine--go to a laundrymat. Rental of a portable toilet for a temporary period may be another option.
2. Not have a septic tank pumped. Exceptionally high water tables might crush a septic tank that has been pumped dry. If the fundamental problem is high ground water, pumping the tank does nothing to solve that problem.
3. Not have a septic tank and drainfield repaired until the ground has dried up so you can tell if any permanent damage has been done to the system. Often systems are completely functional when unsaturated conditions return. Any repair must be permitted and inspected by your county health department.
 
If there is a backflow of sewage into your house, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during cleanup. Remove and discard absorbent household materials, such as wallcoverings, cloth, rugs, and sheetrock. Walls and hard-surfaced floors should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1/2 cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Thoroughly disinfect food contact surfaces (countertops, refrigerators, tables) and areas where small children play. Wash all linens and clothing in hot water. Air-dry larger items, such as sofas, in the sun and spray them with a disinfectant. Steam clean all carpeting.
 
If you cannot use your plumbing without creating a sanitary nuisance, i.e., without sewage being exposed, for you and your family's health and safety, please consider moving to a new location until conditions improve.
 
When a Flash Flood WARNING is issued...
 
Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately.  You may have only seconds to escape.  Act Quickly!
 
Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and  storm drains.  Do not drive around barricades... they are there for your safety.
 
If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground .
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