Flooding Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - With the potential of some localized flooding caused by Hermine, it's worth keeping in mind some important safety tips.

While it's not known exactly how much rain could fall, some computer models are projecting regions of the area could see from 4 to 8 inches of rain.

Here are some safety suggestions to keep in mind, courtesy of Ready.gov.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! - Do not attempt to cross roads covered in water
  • Avoid walking in flooded areas too
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • Be aware: if a flood watch is issued for your area, that means you need to monitor conditions in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. A flood or flash flooding warning means you need to take action at that moment, whether its moving to an area that's out of the flood risk area or evacuated if ordered by local officials.

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