A flood is a disaster. Most of the time, it comes with either the destruction of lives and properties or both. Flooding is definitely not an occurrence to be taken lightly; it is very dangerous.
Some floods occur very quickly and also recede quickly while some take days to build up and recede slowly. Regardless of the type, floods are extremely damaging. In some parts of the country, there have been floods which have claimed lives and destroyed several properties.
It’s the rainy season and we can only expect more rains. During this period, it is very important that you take extra precautions. You should be careful and cautious. Here are some safety precautions you should take in the event of flooding:
- Never attempt to walk through a flood. If you are on foot, fast water could sweep you away. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of ground in front of you
- Do not cross bridges if the water is high and flowing quickly
- Stay away from electric poles, power lines and electrical wires
- If you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters. The water may be deeper than it appears and your car could get stuck or swept away by the flood
- If your car gets stuck or water rises around your car, leave your car immediately. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars causing loss of control and stalling, a foot of water will float many vehicles and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including pick-ups and SUVs
- If you are in your house and the water is getting high and moving quickly, vacate your house immediately; save yourself and not your belongings
- Floodwater is toxic, never allow children play or swim in floodwater