During National Preparedness Month, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office (PSO) wants to remind citizens to be cautious when driving or cleaning up after a storm, according to a news release.
Flooded areas can have hidden dangers, such as downed power lines, debris and wildlife lurking inside.
The PSO recommends these steps, to stay safe:
- Never drive through flooded areas. The flooding may be deeper than you think and a small amount of water can float a car, or cause issues such as stalling or loss of control. (Just a foot of water will float most cars; 6 inches of water can cause stalling and loss of control, the release said.)
- If you must drive during a storm, slow down, allow extra travel time, and plan your route to avoid flooded roadways.
- Give emergency personnel ample time to clear roadways of debris before driving, unless absolutely necessary.
- Obey any road closures, emergency personnel or barriers in place. Do not drive around these.
- Keep landscaping well-maintained before a storm to prevent damage such as tree limbs across power lines.
- Avoid swimming, walking or other activities in floodwaters or flooded roads.
- When clearing personal property, be mindful of debris and power lines, and remember to give yourself ample time for breaks while working.
- Be sure to evaluate your damage carefully and know when to contact authorities for assistance.
Published September 21, 2022
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