Flood Dangers

Posted on: 9/5/2003

This weekend the possibility of additional rain water moving into our area is prominent. Therefore, many residents should prepare for the worse. Flooding is one of many things that citizens should be concerned with, due to the amount of rain that has already spread throughout Central Florida. In Seminole County, emergency workers will continue monitoring the flood prone areas. Below are a few safety tips that can be given to residents or persons that travel near these areas.

If at Home:
Monitor NOAA weather radio or battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency information.
In a highly flood-prone area, keep materials on hand like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, garbage bags, lumber and shovels.
Get your emergency 72-hour kit ready.
Verify evacuation plan.
If told to leave, do so immediately.

If Outdoors:
Climb to high ground and stay there.
Avoid walking through any floodwaters. If it is moving swiftly, even water 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet and 12 inches of moving water can move your vehicle.
Be aware of downed power lines and debris in or around standing water. Avoid standing water, if possible.

If in a Car:
If you come to a flooded area, turn around and go another way. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles.
Never drive in roadways where water is moving over the road.


For more information:
Alan S. Harris, Public Information Officer
Office (407) 665-5113 Pager: (407) 665-9059

Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958