Georgia Drought… What Drought?


I don’t want to jinx things but have you noticed how much rain we’ve had lately? According to the Georgia Drought Monitor, this time last year 84.1% of the state was considered to be abnormally dry. As of September 16, that number had dropped to 10.1%.  Lest you  doubt that the drought is ending,  consider that  a lingering low pressure system— sort of like a watered down version of a tropical storm— continues to pull abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to produce areas of scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms from the eastern portions of the Southern Plains into the Eastern Valleys and the Southeast. The bottom line is that we’ve had a lot of rain and  in the short term  we can expect a bit more. With the ground being super-saturated and with more rain in sight, I figured that it might be a good time to go over flood tips:

  • Learn if your neighborhood is affected by floods by going to the National Flood Insurance Program website.
  • If you live in a frequently flooded area, stockpile emergency building materials.
  • Have check valves installed in building sewer traps to prevent flood waters from backing up in sewer drains.
  • Plan and practice an evacuation route.
  • Make sure all family members know how to turn off gas, electricity, and water; and also know the emergency radio station to listen for information.
  • A flood “watch” means a flood is possible in your area.
  • A flood “warning” means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

DURING A FLOOD WATCH

  • Watch or listen to your local media for the latest emergency information.
  • Store some water in jugs and the bath tub.
  • Move valuables to higher ground.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.

DURING A FLOOD

  • Get to higher ground.
  • Get away from standing, flowing, or rising water.
  • If you are driving and your car stalls, abandon your vehicle and head to higher ground.
  • Watch or listen to your local media for the latest emergency information.

 For more flood preparedness information go to http://atlantaredcross.org

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