Tips for staying safe in flood waters: First Alert Weather

Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky should prepare for another round of heavy rain and severe storms in the early hours of Thursday morning.

As flooding continues to affect areas in the Mid State and Southern Kentucky, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided valuable advice on how to ensure your safety in flood and standing waters.

When you’re driving, floodwaters can be dangerous for everyone. To stay safe, it’s important to follow the CDC’s recommendations for flooded roads.

The CDC advises against driving in flooded areas, as vehicles are not capable of protecting individuals from floodwaters. The force of the water can easily sweep away cars or cause them to stall.

If you come across water in the roadway, the CDC advises you to turn around to avoid the risk of drowning.

According to the CDC, a significant number of flood-related fatalities occur when individuals walk into or near flood waters. This highlights the fact that many people underestimate the sheer force and power of water.

According to the CDC, even six inches of fast-moving water has the potential to knock over an adult. Additionally, they caution that just 12 inches of rushing water is enough to carry away most cars, while two feet of water can carry away SUVs and trucks.

According to the CDC, standing flood waters pose an equal amount of danger and can potentially contain numerous substances that can negatively impact an individual’s health.

According to the CDC, floodwater may contain the following substances:

Power lines that have been knocked down

Human and livestock waste is a significant environmental concern that needs to be addressed. The proper management of waste is crucial to ensure the health and well-being of both humans and animals. It is important to implement effective systems and practices to handle waste in a responsible and sustainable manner. By doing so, we can minimize the impact on the environment and prevent the spread of diseases.

Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste

Coal ash waste potentially contains harmful compounds like arsenic, chromium, and mercury, which are known to be carcinogenic.

Germs and contaminants that can cause illness.

Lumber, vehicles, and debris are examples of physical objects.

Wild stray animals like rodents and snakes roam freely in the surroundings

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