Campbell Co. Officials: How to Stay Safe During Flooding
Campbell Co., VA - Officials with Campbell County Public Safety are reminding residents to take safety measures after the National Weather Service issued a flood warning in the area until 9:19 p.m.
Here is a list of flood-related safety measures:
Flood Watches and Warnings:
Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; monitor local advisories for emergency notices. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground (on foot) immediately.
Flood Watch: Watches indicate that flooding is possible. Citizens should tune in to local media and NOAA radio for weather updates.
Flash Flood Watch: Due to local conditions, flash flooding is possible and citizens should be prepared to move to higher ground.
If a Flood is Occurring in Your Area:
DO NOT drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your vehicle, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles; two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups.
If Flood Waters Are Ever Approaching Your Home:
If time allows, secure your home. Bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
If safely possible, turn off all utilities at the main power switch; close the main gas valve, if advised to do so by your service provider. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. If the power is out, use a flashlight rather than open flame lighting sources to check utility boxes and gas valves.
If water rises in your home rapidly, proceed safely to the top floor, attic, or roof; if time allows pick up a cell phone to call for assistance.
Try not to walk through moving water; if necessary, proceed to where little or no water current is flowing. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground/floor in front of you and determine where objects or depressions may be located.
If the Need Ever Arises to Evacuate:
Go to higher ground immediately; use a recent map of the area and follow routes away from low-lying areas and streams/rivers; do not drive through flood waters. Be aware of downed trees and power-lines; assume all power lines are live.
Ensure vehicles' gas tanks are filled with fuel; take only emergency supplies/essential items; do not overload your vehicle.
Monitor local conditions and stay tuned to local media for updates; keep apprised of public safety notices and the opening/location of any emergency shelters.
For more preparedness information, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's (VDEM) website or the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website.