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.
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During a Flood

 

During The Flood Watch/Warning

  • Monitor weather conditions.
     
  • Check for rising water levels in the area.
     
  • Tune into radio or TV for emergency instructions.
     
  • Any electrical items stored on low shelves should be moved to higher areas where water levels will not be expected.
     
  • Double check that important documents have been moved to higher ground.
     
  • Keep your Disaster Survival Kit in an easily accessible location in case you are told to evacuate immediately.
     
  • Begin to store drinking water in sealable containers.

During The Flood

  • Turn off your water, electricity and gas supply at the main switches. Disconnect all electrical devices/appliances.
     
  • Store additional drinking water if needed.
     
  • Do not drive through a flooded road. Just a few inches of water can cause your car to float and actual water depth isn’t always obvious. The roadbed may have collapsed or been washed out under the water and you could get trapped or stranded.
     
  • Never play in high water or storm drains, you may get swept away by fast-moving water. Avoid swimming in flooded areas as the water often contains bacteria, downed utility lines or chemicals that may cause harm.
     
  • Don’t attempt to cross rivers or flowing streams if water is above the knees.
     
  • Remember that some devices such as televisions can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
 

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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.