Published On: Fri, Oct 2nd, 2015

Chatham residents urged to prepare for flooding

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The low pressure system keeping Joaquin at bay is expected to bear down on the Savannah area Friday afternoon, dropping three to seven inches of rain over a 24-hour period.

Significant flooding is expected and will make some roads impassable. Chatham County has been placed in a Flash Flood Watch that will remain in effect until Sunday Afternoon.

Chatham County residents, especially those living in areas vulnerable to flooding are urged to remain vigilant and take steps now to protect their families and property.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Flood Preparedness:  Stock food that requires little cooking and no refrigeration.
  • Keep portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, etc. available.
  • Keep first aid and critical medical supplies at hand.
  • Keep automobile fueled.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.
  • Store drinking water in closed, clean containers. Water service may be interrupted.
  • If time permits, and flooding is likely, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of home.
  • Flood Safety:
  • Monitor flooding / weather conditions on radio and television.
  • Get to high ground and stay there.
  • Don’t try to cross through flooded intersections/roads in a vehicle. Just one foot of water can float a small vehicle!
  • Avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • After a Flood:
  • Report broken utility lines, etc. to proper authorities.
  • Clean, dry, and check appliances and other equipment before use.
  • Purify all water before drinking.
  • Stay away from flood damaged areas. Sightseeing interferes with rescue efforts.
  • Keep tuned to radio and TV for advice and instructions. Government should be providing information on where medical attention can be obtained, where to go for emergency assistance such as housing, clothing, food, etc. and other ways in which a citizen can recover from the flood emergency.
  • To get an idea of whether or not your home is in a flood zone, visit www.Sagis.org and click on the “”SAGIS Map Viewer”. Once you type in your address and find your property, click on “flood zone” to view your risk.If you would like to have important information sent directly to your phone via text message, sign up for CEMA Alerts by texting “Follow ChathamEMA” to 40404.

Source: Chatham County Residents Urged to Prepare for Flooding | Chatham Emergency Management Agency

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