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Residents should be prepared for possible heavy rain

Before a flood residents should:
• Elevate furnaces, water heaters and electric panels if they are susceptible to flooding.
• Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains  of their homes.
• Barriers such as levees, beams and floodwalls should be installed to stop floodwater from entering. Finally, basements should be sealed with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
• Residents should monitor the media for weather updates for the local and surrounding area.

During a flood residents should:
• Stay away from flood-prone areas such as low-water crossings, dips and ditches and never drive through flood waters or on flooded roads.
• As little as six inches of water can cause loss of control and possible stalling. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
• A foot of water will float most vehicles and as little as two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks. In this case, the driver only has few seconds to escape.
• If there is any possibility of a flash flood, residents should disconnect electrical appliances and move essential items to an upper level floor.
• Residents should also be prepared to move immediately to higher ground. If you must leave your home, do not walk through moving water as you can be swept away.
• Stay away from downed power lines and return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

As a reminder, the San Antonio Fire Department will issue a $600 rescue fee to anyone needing to be rescued from a low-water crossing. Residents driving around a barricade will be fined up to $200 by the San Antonio Police Department. In addition, anyone removing or tampering with a barricade will be fined up to $1,000 and up to two years in jail. Residents can be arrested for both violations.

For more information, visit http://www.readysouthtexas.gov or call 3-1-1.