Rushing water means danger

A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult

While over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a

vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water, the next highest percentage

of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.

* Never underestimate the force and power of water.

* A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.

* Know where children and pets are at all times.

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

potential to be carried away by swift currents.

* Flooded rivers and streams are unpredictable and city streets can

become rivers in seconds.

* High water can conceal a variety of submerged dangers – a broken water

line can cause sink holes in open ground or under paved areas.

* Downed power lines present danger – even touching a tree limb when

another part of the tree is in contact with a downed line or the

saturated ground around the line could result in shock, injury or

electrocution.

Remember:

* Flooding is a natural disaster – not entertainment – stay away from

rushing water!

For more information and to stay up to date on all alerts and public

safety notices visit: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca