Staying Safe in Flood Waters
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 12, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on June 12, 2013 @ 4:42PM
Flood waters could damage your car, and put you in danger. That's why emergency officials are urging you to play it safe and stay home if storms get bad.
The best thing for people to do is stay off the roads. If there's any water laying in the roadway, you could hydroplane or even flood your car if the water is high enough.
If you're out during the flooding, it's best to pull off the road or stay where you are until it's safe to drive. Many times, people try to risk driving, and then get stranded.
You also shouldn't try to walk through the water. When you do that, you could get swept away, and possibly drown. That's why officials said the best thing to do is stay home.
"If you do see high waters, don't try to cross that. A lot of people, when they go through there at a high rate of speed, you're going to hydroplane, you can't control your vehicle, you end up wrecking or running into the guardrails," said Deputy Rocky Hebb of the Upshur County Sheriff's Department.
Also keep in mind to stay away from electrical wires and downed power lines, and turn off your electricity.
Look before you take any steps. Debris could be floating or on the ground that could hurt you.
Finally, if you're using a generator, make sure you have it outside. Carbon monoxide poisoning could kill you quickly. Make sure it's ventilated well.
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