Flooding & Erosion Safety
Before You Drive:
- Remember, if you must drive through water, drive slowly and steadily. Be aware that six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
- If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
- If your vehicle stalls in the deep water, be aware that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
- Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
- Do not drive around barricades - they are there for your safety.
Protect Your Valuables and Family
The City wants to remind citizens of these important safety tips in the event of flooding at their home.
- Never use gasoline-powered pumps or generators indoors to pump out basements as they produce deadly carbon monoxide exhaust fumes.
- Raise items that could be damaged up off the floor in areas prone to flooding such as basements.
- Ensure your electronic equipment are unplugged and up off the floor.
- Visit the Emergency Management Division flooding information online for tips on:
- How to safety pump out your basement, and
- Cleaning and drying out your house and more.