Be Prepared Cautions If Storm Spawns Flooding

Patricia Skinner, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  6/9/2005 11:03:32 PM

News Release Distributed 09/24/02

Tropical storms and hurricanes are dangerous storms, with the potential to cause serious flooding along Louisiana's low-lying coastal plain and in other areas of the state where they dump heavy rains.

Your family’s safety is the most important consideration, stress experts with the LSU AgCenter, who say floodwaters can rise rapidly, and it's a good idea to be prepared to evacuate before the waters reach your property.

LSU AgCenter faculty who specialize in emergency preparedness and floodproofing offer a number of suggestions on being prepared for possible flooding that results from a tropical storm or hurricane:

-Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local station and follow emergency instructions.

-If you're caught in the house by fast-rising floodwaters, move to the second floor and, if necessary, to the roof. Take warm clothing, a flashlight and a portable radio with you. Wait for help. Don't try to swim to safety.

-Don't attempt to walk across stretches of floodwaters that are more than knee deep.

-If it's safe to evacuate by car, stock the car with nonperishable foods, a plastic container of water, blankets, first-aid kit, flashlights, dry clothing and special medications.

-Keep the gas tank of your car at least half full.

-Don't drive where water is over the roads. Parts of the road may be washed out.

-Abandon a car stalled in a flooded area as soon as possible.

-If you have time, turn off utilities at the main power switch or gas valve; put valuable papers in waterproof containers and move them to higher areas of the house; move furs, jewelry, clothing and other contents to upper floors in your house; fill containers with water for drinking and cleaning; place boards over windows or protect them with storm shutters or tape; and bring outdoor items, such as lawn furniture and garden tools, inside the house or tie them down securely.

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Contact: Pat Skinner at (225) 578-6701 or pskinner@agcenter.lsu.edu
Editor: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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