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CDC: issues flood warming

In light of expected heavy and continuous rainfall across the country, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is urging members of the public that there is a high risk of water accumulations or flooding in low-lying areas and those with poor drainage.

Persons are being advised to take necessary precautions to protect themselves, family, homes, and animals from the imminent threat of flooding.

– Elevate all items and appliances from the ground level to prevent damage, especially if flood waters usually enter your home or property.

– Place flood barriers such as sandbags around your home and/or businesses to prevent or minimise the amount of water entering your property.

– Avoid entering into flood waters as far as possible.

– If you must go into the water, use protective footwear such as long boots. Prepare a foot bath of ½ cup of bleach to 1 bucket of water and wash your feet before entering the house, then apply Vaseline or oil to your skin as it forms a barrier and provides some protection from the dirty water.

– Keep children out of the water as they are at higher risk of contracting diseases.

– Use safe water for drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, and for making ice and/or drinks. Safe water is water that has been boiled, treated with bleach (PUR, Chlorosol) or bottled water.
– Be prepared to evacuate to upper flats or to evacuate your homes altogether should you need to.

The public is also advised to remain alert and aware of the water levels and weather situation at all times. Contact the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) for additional information or if you wish to report flooding in your community on (592) 226-1114, 226-8815, 226-1027 or 225-5847, or contact our 24 Hours National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on (592) 623-1700 or 600-7500.

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