The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for parts of Vermont, including Bennington, Eastern Windham, and Western Windham.
This watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through late Friday night.
"Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible," the National Weather Service warns. "Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations."
What to Do
In the event of a flood, it's crucial to prioritize your safety. Here are some tips from Vermont Emergency Management:
- Never attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. It's not worth the risk. Stay away from all floodwaters.
- Monitor media reports. Stay informed about the situation as it develops.
- Subscribe to Vermont Alert for up-to-the-minute updates on weather, traffic, and more.
- Listen to local and state public safety officials and respond promptly to their directives.
- Know your best flood evacuation routes, potential public shelters, and where to find high ground. In a flash flood, you may need to seek high ground on foot quickly.
Preparing for Flooding
Preparation is key when it comes to handling potential floods. Here are some steps you can take to prepare:
- Install 'check valves' in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into your home's drains.
- Elevate utilities and materials that could be damaged by limited basement flooding.
- Anchor fuel tanks to ensure they don't wash away, creating safety and environmental issues.
- Develop a Family Emergency Kit and make a Family Communication Plan.
- Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate. Know how to safely turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.
- Contact your insurance agent or local government to discuss flood insurance coverage.
For more information and updates, visit the National Weather Service's website at www.weather.gov/btv/. Remember, your safety is the top priority. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe, Vermont!
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