Safety tips for flooding

Safety tips on flooding for you, your home and car

Posted: May 19, 2021 6:05 PM
Updated: May 20, 2021 5:50 PM

LAFAYETTE - This week has been full of heavy rains and strong thunder storms and the aftermath of all that has resulted in some pretty high flood waters.
Here are some tips for you on how to better prepare yourself, your car and home the next there is flooding.
American Red Cross of Louisiana's Regional Director of Communications and Marketing Stephanie Wagner says flooding can happen quick and unexpectedly.
When flood waters get high the best thing to do is get to higher grounds and if that's not enough call 911.

"That is going to be the quickest way for you to receive help. In your emergency preparedness kit as well you can always have a life jacket or some sort of cutting device like a hatchet." said Wagner

This week's severe weather flooded the streets of Lafayette forcing some to abandon their cars. Lafayette Fire Departments Public Information Officer Alton Trahan explains what you need to do if this happens to you.

"If you can open the door then fine and get out then that means the waters not too bad but if not then put the windows down and crawl out. That way you can limit the water access." said Trahan

However, what if your windows don't work? The waters too thick and you can't open the car doors? What if you don't have a sunroof to crawl out of?

"Break the glass, even if you have to turn the other direction and kick the window. Particularly your side window because there a lot easier to kick out than obviously the front window." said Trahan

Residents have started to stock up on sand bags but in the case of a sand bag shortage here's how you can protect your homes from the interior.

"Have flood insurance and to ensure that they are checking their policies of their home owners insurance or their rental insurance to ensure that what they have inside is covered." said Wagner
The best thing you can do is plan in advance, know your evacuation routes and stay in tune with our storm track 15 meteorologist. After all hurricane season is now less than two weeks away.

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