During a flood:
- Be aware of possible flash flooding hazards. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Listen to radio or television stations for local information.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, or other areas prone to flooding.
- If local authorities issue a flood watch, prepare to evacuate: Secure your home; if instructed, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves; fill bathtubs with water in case water becomes contaminated or unavailable. Before filling the tub, sterilize it with a diluted bleach solution.
- Be especially careful if walking and avoid walking through moving water. Moving water can easily knock you off your feet.
- Avoid driving into flooded areas. Water may reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles causing loss of control and possible stalling.
After a flood:
- Avoid flood waters, the water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. The water may also be electrically charged from downed power lines.
- Avoid moving water.
- Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded, the road may have been weakened and may collapse under the weight of a car.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
- Stay away from designated disaster areas unless authorities ask for volunteers.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Be caution when returning, there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
For addition information regarding flood preparedness and safety:
Flood fact sheet provided by Jefferson County Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Program 303-271-5700 or visit: http://jeffco.us/public-health/disasters-outbreaksemergencies/