Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Record rainfall has occurred in the Midlands. Here are flooding safety tips.
During the Flood:
Stay Informed - Monitor local radio and television (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet and social media for information and updates.
Avoid Flood Waters - Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help.
Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don't Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.
Get to Higher Ground - Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately
Obey Evacuation Orders - If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Be sure to lock your home as you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
Practice Electrical Safety - Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!