Flood safety tips: Protect your health and safety

The Carver County Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to use caution as flooding continues in Carver County, as a result of the large amount of rain received during recent storms. Please review the following flood safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If you must evacuate your home:

• Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

• Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.

• Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

• Do not walk through moving water. Six (6) inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

If you approaching a flooded roadway:

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water and you could be stranded or trapped.

• Six (6) inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

• One (1) foot of water will float many vehicles.

• Two (2) feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-up trucks.

Floodwaters can become contaminated with oil, gasoline or raw sewage, and contaminated floodwaters may cause illness. Do not wade through standing floodwaters. Do not allow children to play in floodwaters, or with toys that have been in floodwaters until the toys have been disinfected. Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with floodwaters. When in doubt, throw it out!

“The safety and welfare of our community members is a priority at this time,” said Debra Paige, Emergency Management Director for Carver County. “We ask that residents stay away from floodwaters for their safety, and the safety of our first responders.”

For up-to-date road closures, information about staying healthy and safe from floodwaters, and how to clean-up after a flood, visit www.co.carver.mn.us/flood_updates.