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Lansdale Borough Offers Storm, Flooding Tips for Residents

North Penn TAP Staff

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • 5:42pm

Lansdale Borough has offered some tips and advice for property owners during the Wednesday and Thursday rain storms.

The borough said Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management estimated four to five inches of rain to impact the county through Thursday.

With heavy rains, Lansdale Borough officials advise residents of potential flooding, sewer backups and other drainage issues.

"Remember that anytime it rains, it can flood, even if you live in an area you believe has a low risk of flooding,” said Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Jay Daveler. “Being prepared can make all the difference.” 

Here are tips from the borough for what to do during and after the storm:
 
  • Stay out of flooded creeks and roadways; water is moving incredibly fast and you may be swept away and not be able to get back to creek banks.
  • Under no circumstances should you enter flooded roadways on foot or in your car. Water's powerful force can easily overtake vehicles and pedestrians. Streets may appear safe, but there may be unseen open manholes or storm drains; six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling. If you must be out and come across a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route.
  • Keep your distance from downed wires or trees with exposed wires hanging on them. Move to safety and report them immediately by calling 215-368-1800. If a power line has fallen onto a vehicle, stay away from the vehicle and seek help immediately by calling 911.

  • Do not take shelter under a tree; high winds and rain may cause tree limbs and trunks to fall.

  • Never go around a Police / Fire / Fire Police barricade during any emergency condition. These barricades are placed for the safety of everyone.

  • If your basement becomes flooded, do not attempt to fix any electrical equipment, circuit breakers, etc. until it is no longer flooded. If someone must enter the basement prior, it should be done by a professional. 

 

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