What can I do to decrease my risk of injury during a flood?
Residents of hazard areas can take the following actions to decrease the risk of injury due to flooding:
  • Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know that the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated

  • Do not drive through flooded areas and do not drive around road barriers. Roads or bridges may be washed out

  • Do not walk through flowing water

  • In standing water, use a pole or stick to determine depth

  • Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and drains

  • Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors may be covered with debris, including glass and nails. Floors and stairs that are covered with mud can be very slippery

  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Report downed power lines to the power company

  • Turn off all electrical circuits at the panel or disconnect all electrical appliances

  • Watch for animals, including snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours

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1. What is a floodplain?
2. What causes flooding in the City of Rockledge?
3. What can I expect if a storm approaches?
4. What can I do to avoid flooding in my home?
5. Is my home in a floodplain?
6. What is required when I apply for a building permit in a flood plain?
7. I've had flood damage to my home or business; do I need a permit for repairs?
8. What can I do to decrease my risk of injury during a flood?
9. Why do I need flood insurance?