PREPARE FOR MELTING SNOW & LOCALIZED FLOODING
DRIVING ON ROADWAYS
- Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service
- Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway
Be especially careful at night or early morning as it can be difficult to see water and judge its depth across the roadway.
Reduce your speed in rain and never enter flowing water. Driving through water reduces tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
Driving through water makes your vehicle's brakes less effective until they dry out.
Never drive around barricades at water crossings.
If your vehicle ends up submerged in water, immediately exit the vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 911 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
Remember it only takes 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.
- Always carry a cell phone and charger
PROTECTING YOUR HOME
Clear roofs of snow and ice if safe. Once snow melts and freezes to ice, it could quickly turn into ice dams which when melting may damage roofs.
Consider removing snow and ice from the area immediately around your house. The more snow and ice you can remove will minimize the amount of water that may seep into your basement.
Some living close to rivers and lakes should consider sandbagging as a preparedness measure to protect their homes from rising water levels.
- Never store perishables or valuables in basements that you can't afford to lose or replace. Do not store any item near basement drains.Check storm drain lines to make sure they're clear of debris, roots, etc.
- NWS Flood Safety Page
- Flooding information from ready.gov
- Flooding Preparedness Packet .pdf