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Flood Safety Information

  • Do not walk through flowing water.  Drowning is the #1 cause of flood deaths.  Currents can be deceptive:  six inches of moving water can knock you off of your feet.  If you walk in standing water, use a pole to continuously monitor the depth and velocity of the water.
  • Do not drive through a flood area.  More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.  Don't drive around road barriers; the road may be washed out ahead.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.  The #2 killer (after drowning) is electrocution.  Electrical current travels through water.  Report downed power lines.
  • Return to inspect your property from a mandatory evacuation.  Be prepared to receive a daily pass to evaluate damages to your property.
  • Look before you step.  After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails.  Floors and stairs that have been covered with sand can be very slippery.
  • Be alert for propane leaks inside your dwelling.  Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don't smoke or use candles, lanterns or any open flames.  The gas must be turned off at the tank and the area must be well ventilated.
  • Be alert for electrical hazards inside your dwelling.  Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged.  Don't use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, dried and checked by a qualified technician. 
Randy Robinson, Building Official/CFM Floodplain Manager    Joe Henderson, Zoning Administrator/CFM
Direct: (843) 883-5732                                              Direct:  (843) 883-5731

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