Staying safe around flood waters

People near any body of water are advised to be particularly careful around high water time

In emergency flood situations, residents near any body of

water are advised to be particularly careful around high water.

Here are some tips:

Walking:

* Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where

water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go the other way – six

inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

* Never underestimate the swiftness of the water – flooded rivers and

streams are unpredictable. Even though the surface water may be smooth,

the water is moving very fast.

* If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water

is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front

of you.

Driving:

* If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go

another way.

* Never stay with your car in a flooded area – if your car stalls,

abandon it immediately and get away from the water to safety.

* If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly

around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground – most

cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

Boating:

* Flood time is not a time for play – flooded streams and rivers are not

safe for recreational boating.

* Boaters who must be on the water should use caution – be aware that

your wake can cause greater flooding issues on land. Be courteous.

Around dams or dikes:

* Do not walk on dams or dikes.

* Stay away from dikes and flood control devices – there is a high

potential to be carried away by swift currents.

* Heed warnings around flood-control devices.

Children and pets:

* Do not let children in or near any flood water!

* Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack

judgment about running water or contaminated water.

* Never let children play near rivers or storm drains when the water is

rising or high – swimming skills have nothing to do with surviving in a

flooded river.

* Pets can get into trouble, too – there have been cases of people

drowning trying to rescue their pets.

* Keep your family and yourself safe.

To stay up to date on all alerts and public safety notices, visit:

www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca