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Alameda County, CA,

Prepare for Winter Storms

El Nino Flooding


Staying Safe During A Flood:

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • Don't forget your pets.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
  • Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams.
  • Do not walk, drive or swim through flooded areas. They may be deeper than they appear and hold dangerous debris that you cannot see. Swift currents may develop quickly.
  • NEVER try to drive through standing water.
  • If you drive through hilly roads during a storm, watch for road hazards (i.e. washed out pavement, trees, power lines, mud, etc.)
  • Use 911 for emergencies only
  • Respect barricade signs and authorities
  • Do not drive over flooded roads
  • Keep your distance from downed power lines
  • Evacuate immediately if told to do so by authorities
  • Turn off utilities at main switches or valves if instructed to do so
  • Check in and look after children, elderly persons with disabilities and pets
  • If you've come in contact with flood waters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
  • Wait for rescuers to come to you.

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