Illinois Extension offers tips on flash flooding | Environment
CHAMPAIGN, IL (KFVS) - The remnants of Hurricane Issac will be making it's way into Illinois on Friday and Saturday.
Officials at the National Weather Service say that the drought conditions will actually exacerbate flash flooding. Ground that is dry and hard will not allow the water to soak in, at least initially, thus contributing to rapid runoff and flash flooding.
The University of Illinois Extension is offering these tips on dealing with flash flooding:
Prepare Your Office: If your office has a basement or is otherwise prone to flooding, now would be a good time to make sure that sump pumps (if any) are operating properly.
Events: If you have events scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, keep an eye on the weather.
Preparing your home: Make sure that all valuable items are up off the floor, and emergency kits are up to date.
Prepare Your Farm: Move animals to high ground or into shelter away from flood prone areas. Move all equipment to higher ground or shelter. Consider turning off vulnerable electrical circuits not being used.
Stay home: Many flooding deaths occur when vehicles are swept off roads. Only a few inches of rapidly flowing water can move a car. Officials say remember the advice, “Turn around, Don’t Drown.”
What if the worst happens? According to extension officials, if your basement floods, never wade into the water until electricity has been turned off. You may think that all outlets are at a safe level, but appliances and equipment with electrical circuits may be flooded. In addition, many of us do not know where hidden electrical service may be behind drywall. As enticing as it might be, do not allow children or pets to play in flood water outside. In addition to the threat of being swept away, it is possible that sewage and other contaminants may be present.
Once the water recedes, take your time before replacing drywall and paneling. Allow the studs and other framing to thoroughly dry. Wash with a mild bleach solution if necessary. Have electrical circuits examined by a professional electrician. To avoid future mold problems, it is often best to discard flood soaked carpet, padding, upholstered furniture, paper and cloth items, etc.
Stay alert: Be sure to check local media over the long weekend for the latest information and make certain that your NOAA All-Hazards radio (Weather radio) is operational.
Online: Illinois Extension
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