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Flood, Torrential Rain Preparedness Guide

It's pretty nasty outside, so here's some thoughts to consider.

The sky has opened up on Long Island this week, hindering sports schedules, drowning out what should be a sunny spring and making people's lives a lot more wet then they'd like.

The National Weather Service issued an urban flood advisory for minor flooring of poor drainage areas in Suffolk County and Eastern Nassau County on Wednesday afternoon.

They said a band of heavy rain - it sure is - over the ocean was tracking northward at around 40 mph. Rainfall rates are hitting at about one inch per hour

The weather service offers some minor precautionary measures such as not driving your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. They say most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. "Turn around and find another route," is their advice.

The following flood warning information was compiled from the National Weather Service:

What to do during a flood?

  • If you suspect a flash flood is about to happen immediately climb to higher ground.
  • Remember, it does not have to be raining for a flash flood to occur. Some of the most dangerous floods originate many miles away.
  • See what happens when people are caught unawares by flash floods.

Surviving A Flood 

  • If on foot, do not attempt to walk through flood waters. Instead, turn around and go directly to higher ground.
  • Make sure to keep children and pets away from flood waters, storm drains, and sewers.
  • If you are in a car, drive away from flooded areas never try to take a shortcut through them.
  • If your car stalls, immediately abandon it and climb to higher ground.

If No Evacuation Has Been Ordered 

  • Collect your Family Emergency Supplies Kit plus extra blankets and sleeping bags and keep them with you.
  • Call your emergency contact person to report your plans.
  • Keep children and pets indoors.
  • Make sure you have cash and your car has a full tank of gas in case you must evacuate.
  • Make sure battery-powered radio is nearby.

If Evacuation Is Advised 

  • Turn off all utilities (water and electricity).
  • Pack your Family Emergency Supplies Kit plus extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Lock the windows and doors of your home before leaving.
  • Tune your car radio to a news station to hear updates on evacuation routes.
  • Be sure to follow the recommended evacuation routes. Your favorite shortcuts may already be blocked by flood waters.

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