Ministry of Justice
Staying safe around flood waters
VICTORIA – In emergency flood situations, residents near any body of water are advised to be particularly careful around high water.
Here are some tips:
· 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.
· 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.
· 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
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