Residents in areas of Alabama that are prone to flooding are advised to stay alert and ready for any flooding as the state continues to be drenched by heavy rains. With flash floods and rising river and stream levels possible, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for several counties in the state.
Alabama experiences a lot of floods, especially during times of heavy rain or bad weather. Because of the state’s extensive network of rivers, creeks, and low-lying areas, floods can occur, posing serious threats to both property and human life.
To protect themselves and their families, residents in flood-prone areas should act proactively. To keep safe during a flood watch, remember these vital tips:
1. Remain Up-to-Date
Pay attention to local weather forecasts and National Weather Service and local authority warnings. Keep yourself informed about how the weather is changing, and be ready to act if needed.
2. Establish a Plan
Make sure your family has a strategy in place for flooding that includes supplies, emergency contacts, and evacuation routes. Ascertain that every member of the family is informed about the plan and knows what to do in the event of flooding.
3. Prepare Your Property
Take precautions to protect your house and belongings from floods as you prepare your property. Sandbags or flood barriers can be used to stop water intrusion; drains and gutters should be cleaned of debris; electrical appliances and utilities should be raised.
4. Keep Out of Floodwaters
Steer clear of flooded regions when driving or walking because the water level can increase quickly and cause drowning or being swept away. At night, when vision is poor, exercise extra caution.
5. Evacuation orders should be obeyed
swiftly follow any instructions given by local authorities and seek higher ground if necessary. As this could put you and your family in danger, do not wait or try to ride out the flood in your home.
6. Check in with Neighbors
Be alert for older or less fortunate neighbors who could want help to leave or getting ready for the flood. Ensure everyone’s safety by cooperating as a community and providing assistance and support to those in need.
7. After the storm, be ready
Debris, tainted water, and structural damage could linger long after the floodwaters have subsided. Return home with caution, and heed the advice of the local authorities for cleanup and recovery operations.
People who live in flood-prone locations can reduce the risk of flooding and safeguard their families by being proactive, organized, and knowledgeable. Remember to keep alert and take the necessary precautions to stay safe when there is a flood watch. Come storm season, let’s weather this together and come out stronger than before.