High-water conditions dictate caution

High-water conditions dictate caution

Heavy rainfall experienced to date, rainfall still in the forecast and planned water releases from area lakes may create high-water conditions throughout the City. The public is advised to practice personal safety and be aware of high-water conditions.

Citizens are advised to use caution and heed all warning signs when approaching flooded streets, streams, lakes, rivers or any body of water.

“The recent rains have created some high water conditions throughout the City,” said Sarah Standifer, Interim Director of Trinity Watershed Management. “Be smart and do not take any chances. Turn around and don’t drown is the best plan of action.”

Observe these basic safety rules:
• Heed all warning signs
• Watch for rising water levels
• Know where high ground is and move there quickly if you see or hear rapidly rising water
• Do not attempt to cross through flowing water or standing water when you do not know its depth
• Do no try to drive through flooded areas — most flood-related deaths occur in automobiles
• If your vehicle stalls, abandon it and seek higher ground immediately
• Be especially cautious at night
• Adhere to the advice of local emergency management officials before going on area lakes or rivers.

The public is advised to follow the National Weather Service recommendation “Turn Around. Don’t Drown.” and be aware of the dangers of driving or walking into flooded areas. For additional information please visit http://tadd.weather.gov

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