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Charlottesville Fire Department Offers Flood Safety Tips

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Charlottesville Fire Department Press Release

The Charlottesville Fire Department wants to remind citizens that with the possibility of heavy rains in our area over the next few days, comes the chance of flooding.

Flooding can occur as streams and rivers overflow from their banks. Flash floods can occur in seconds, and without a moment’s notice.

Description: Keep these facts in mind to stay alive and dry.

1. Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes or hoursof excessive rainfall, or when a dam or levy fails and even a sudden release of water held by debris jam. Be cautious during storm seasons, or any time that flooding is common in your area.

2. You may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.

3. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

4. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.

5. If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.

6. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can wash away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.

7. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

8. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.

9. One foot of water will float almost all vehicles.10. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.

For answers to all questions on flooding safety, please contact the Charlottesville Fire Department at 434-970-3328. You may also visit us on Facebook and Twitter
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