Quick Reminder - Flood Safety

Each year, as the snow melts, local rivers, creeks and waterways swell as the volume and force increase.  While this opens up the opportunity to break out the kayaks and rafts or just to be near the water in the sun, it is also a good time to remember a few key water safety tips.

If you think that you don't need these reminders, a quick survey of stories across Colorado this morning from the third loss of life in a week on our Colorado rivers, from reports of increased water levels on the Arkansas, ongoing minor flooding in Eagle County (pictures on this page are from the Flood Warning notice of 6/6/10 on the Eagle County government site) and even sandbag and levee measures being taken in Estes Park around the Big Thompson, the threat is here and real.  Colorado's flood history is long.

Know the water conditions in your neighborhood or your destination
Stay alert for changing weather conditions
Get out of areas subject to flooding like low spots, canyons, and areas downstream from dams
Do not attempt to cross water that is above your knees
Do not drive over a flooded road
Abandon a stalled vehicle and immediately move to higher ground

Flash floods
Flash floods can move at incredible speeds.
If a flash flood warning is issued, or you realize a flash flood is coming, act quickly to save lives. You may have only seconds!
Move to high ground - do not attempt to outrun the flood.
Even 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float your car!
NEVER try to walk, swim, or drive through such swift water. If you come upon flood waters, STOP! TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY.

So, keep up with the latest water conditions and issued Colorado flood watches, warnings and advisories and be safe!!!  Too, be sure to check in with your local emergency manager and find out what the local Colorado warning systems are in your area to best keep up with developments.