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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Before a Flood

A flood can come at any time and they can be very destructive. Be ready! Preparation is half the battle.

  • Always monitor weather conditions
  • Keep areas around your home free from garbage and debris that may block drains. Work with neighbours to achieve this in the wider community area.
  • Store chemicals, important documents and electrical devices on elevated surfaces away from expected water levels.
  • Purchase water proof storage bags to protect important documents.
  • In case an evacuation is necessary, prepare a plan that takes disabled persons, the elderly, children and pets into account.
  • Determine flood free routes to and from your home.
  • Find out where the nearest evacuation shelter is located.
  • Prepare a Disaster Survival Kit
  • Store additional materials like plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, rope, wire and sandbags to assist with the effects of flooding, or to aid with reinforcement of objects that may get swept away
  • Find out if your home or business is located in a flood prone area.
  • Make sure your insurance plan covers flooding.
  • Ensure that everyone in the household knows how to turn off the utilities.

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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.