VIRGINIA BEACH — Recent rain has led to a number of roads and areas in the southern part of the city being flooded.
Floodwaters can pose dangers to people in cars and to people on foot. And rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Both the American Red Cross and FEMA have good information on their websites, some of which is below.
Stay safe outdoors
Just six inches of moving water can sweep a person off their feet, while two feet of water can cause a car to float off the roadway.
- Never wade into floodwater. Not only might you be swept into the water but hazards may lie beneath the water: glass, nails, and metal could lead to cuts and puncture wounds, while boards or other hidden obstacles could lead to sprained ankles or broken bones.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It can be contaminated with raw sewage from human or animal sources and can cause disease/illness.
- Keep children out of, and away from, floodwater. Children should never swim in high water.
- Never drive into floodwater. You risk being swept away in your car or becoming stuck if parts of the roadway have been washed away. Safely back away from roads that are covered by water.
- Be on the lookout for downed power lines. Report them by calling 911.
- Don’t forget animals and pets, who are also in danger from rising waters.
Stay safe indoors
Floodwater can cause dangers both during the flood and after.
- Monitor media outlets for updates on the situation.
- If your home is at risk of flooding, you may need to shut off power and water. Check with utilities or authorities for more information and guidance.
- Don’t use any electrical appliances that have been in floodwaters.
- Never eat food that has come into contact with floodwater.
- If you become trapped in your home go to the highest level and call for help.
If you are forced to evacuate your home, don’t return there until authorities say it is safe to do so. If you need to communicate with other family members, try texting when possible. Cellular networks can become overloaded during emergencies.