The Do's and Dont's of Surviving a Flood
Flooding can happen at anytime and anywhere as a result of rain, snow coastal storms, storm surges and the overflow of dams and water systems. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and 1 foot of moving water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. Remember the following:
- Depending on where you are and the impact and warning time of the flooding, go to a previously identified safe location.
- If you are told to evacuate, leave immediately. Never drive around barricades that local responders have used to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
- Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around.
- Stay off bridges over fast moving water. Bridges can be wash away without warning.
- If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving water, stay inside unless the water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek safety on the roof.
- If trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do not go into a closed attic where you may be trapped by rising floodwater. Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.
- Always remember to listen to authorities for information and instructions during a flood situation and return home only when they say it is safe to do so.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines at 847-956-1880 for all your water restoration needs.