Southern Brooklyn

How To Protect Yourself In Flood Weather


The New York City Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to exercise caution as the storm passes over the city. In addition to concerns about weakened trees, flood-prone areas – which include portions of Sheepshead Bay – pose unique threats to residents.

Here is a note published by OEM yesterday:

A Flood Watch is in effect citywide. Flooding is likely, particularly in poor drainage and low lying areas, as rain may fall at a rate of one to two inches per hour during the heaviest periods. Additionally, strong winds will pick up tomorrow afternoon, with sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts of up to 55 miles per hour are possible. A High Wind Watch is in effect citywide from early Thursday morning through late Thursday night.

To prepare for flooding, and to stay safe once it occurs, OEM has put out a list of tips to protect yourself:

  • Before or during heavy rain, remove debris from catch basins in your area to allow the water to enter.
  • Pick up the leaves from your yard to keep them from clogging streets and catch basins.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flooded streets. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. One to two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.
  • Flood water can be contaminated. Avoid contact with sewer water, as it poses a serious heath risk.
  • Report any downed power lines and avoid standing in flood water, as it can carry electrical current.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects, such as patio furniture, garbage cans, garden tools and toys. Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks.
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  1. What’s wrong with Sanitation cleaning clogged storm drains? They already expect us to volunteer to trim trees. What is Mayor Bloomberg going to expect us to do next?

  2. One of the things I don’t get is why people cannot live without electricity if it goes out during or after a storm. I understand about food spoiling and if someone may require it due to medical purposes, but otherwise there should be no problem. I have encountered people here and in other areas after a storm and for some reason they are in sheer terror. What’s with people? Just because you have to use a flashlight for a few days or light your stove with a match, what’s the problem? Take it from me, you’ll survive. Of course, if it’s the middle of the winter and your furnace won’t kick over, well that’s another story. Then you need to take other precautions that I cannot bring up here right now. Maybe you should learn to live without as part of the be ready process.

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