We have a high chance if rain in our forecast, but looks like we won’t have the problems other areas in Texas will be facing. With that being said, we all know the weather tends to change at a moments notice. City of Beaumont Emergency Management would like to remind you to stay informed and prepare for the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas. Share these tips with friends and family.
FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS
Nearly 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
Even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices, lifting up big vehicles and sending them downstream. It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.
Beware that water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
If you drive through high water, remember to watch your speed. Your vehicle may be able to maneuver in high water, but you will push water in to homes and cause problems for others.
In rainy weather, be alert and stay tuned to local radio or TV.
If you are in a low-lying area when flooding is occurring, get to higher ground quickly.
Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. It can take as little as six inches of water to knock an adult off his or her feet. Furthermore, water may be flowing more rapidly than it appears.
Never allow children to play near ditches and storm drains.
Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
Animals and snakes may be affected by floodwaters and may be more prone to attack.
TURN AROUND DON”T DROWN!!