CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH MONITORS WEEKEND FLOODING POTENTIAL
WPBFR: Follow Guidelines for Standing, Moving Water
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 24, 2018) – The City of West Palm Beach is monitoring the potential for flooding in our area this weekend. Based on information we have received from the National Weather Service as of today, an estimated 3-5 inches of rain are expected in our area this weekend. Given the possibility of flooding and with hurricane season beginning on June 1, the City wants to make sure our community is safe from flash flooding. Flash flooding occurs within six hours of a significant rain event and is usually caused by intense storms that produce heavy rainfall in a short amount of time.
“We are not expecting any widespread flooding, but—given the potential for flash floods-- we want to make sure people follow guidelines with regards to standing or moving water,” said West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield, who is also the City’s Emergency Operations Director.
When driving through standing water, please be mindful of these important safety tips:
· Do your best to estimate the depth of the water; do not drive through water if you cannot estimate the depth.
· If you drive through water, drive slowly and steadily; make sure to test your brakes after you clear the water to make sure they work properly.
· If your vehicle stalls, try to restart the vehicle and move out of the water; if you cannot restart the vehicle, call for help.
You can help reduce flooding on our roadways by picking up yard waste on your property and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves. Other considerations during heavy rain include:
· Be cautious of downed power lines; always think of a downed power line as energized.
· Snakes and other animals tend to look for higher ground; be careful around your house.
· Situational awareness is necessary; make sure to look at your surroundings for any dangers associated with high water levels.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods can occur anywhere, with floodwaters rising gradually or flash floods striking suddenly. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States — most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them.