Flood Safety Tips for the St. Louis Area
St. Louis is once again witnessing the effects of Mother Nature. Many St. Louisans had to evacuate their homes due to flash flooding and others had to zig-zag their way through road closures while on their morning commute. With more rain expected to hit the area later this evening, we’ve put together a list of tips to keep you safe.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! – We strongly encourage you to NOT drive over a flooded road as it can be difficult to tell how deep the water is or how strong the current. 1 foot of water can cause a vehicle to float, and 2 feet can carry away vehicles (including SUVs and trucks).
- Avoid walking through flooded waters – As mentioned before, it is difficult to see how deep the water is. Rushing flood water as low as 6” can easily knock you off your feet into the rushing water.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding occurring in your area, immediately move to higher ground.
- If you are in your car when floodwaters begin to rise, do not abandon your car and enter moving water. Only abandon your car if the rising floodwaters are not
- Flood Watch – When you hear that your area is under a flood watch, this means to be aware of the potential for flooding to occur in your area. Pay close attention to the TV or radio for weather and emergency updates.
- Flood Warning – Flood warning means take immediate action and flooding is either happening in your area or will be shortly. Move immediately to higher ground.
- Keep children away from flooded areas or fast moving water.