FLOOD - A flood is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level of streams or rivers which may result in overflowing. Floods in the Caribbean can often be caused by heavy rainfall, dam or levee failures, tsunamis, storm surges or burst water mains.

It only takes a few minutes for
rising water to become a Flood...

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Basic Things
to Know:

Before a Flood

Find out if your home or business is located in a flood prone area.

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During a Flood

Turn off your water, electricity and gas supply at the main switches. Disconnect all electrical devices/appliances.

WHAT MORE CAN I DO?


After a Flood

Boil water before using. Wash cans thoroughly before opening. Dispose of damaged canned foods as they may have been contaminated.

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12 inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
In cases of severe flooding, water can take weeks to subside.
Large volumes of water can cause roadbeds to collapse.
Deforestation can cause flooding.
Flooding is the most common natural hazard.
Flash-flooding can occur within minutes.
Dams and levees are built to prevent flooding.
Flooding can cause millions of dollars in damage.
6 inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.
Oil, and other chemicals carried in floodwaters can ruin crops and be hazardous to your health
When soil gets saturated with water, landslides may occur
More people die from drowning in fresh water floods during a hurricane or storm, than from any other cause.