Flood Safety Tips for the St. Louis Area

St. Louis is once again witnessing the effects of Mother Nature.

Many St. Louisans had to evacuate their homes due to flash flooding and others had to zig-zag their way through road closures while on their morning commute. With more rain expected to hit the area later this evening, we’ve put together a list of tips to keep you safe.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! – We strongly encourage you to NOT drive over a flooded road as it can be difficult to tell how deep the water is or how strong the current. 1 foot of water can cause a vehicle to float, and 2 feet can carry away vehicles (including SUVs and trucks).
  • Avoid walking through flooded waters – As mentioned before, it is difficult to see how deep the water is. Rushing floodwater as low as 6” can easily knock you off your feet into the rushing water.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding occurring in your area, immediately move to higher ground.
  • If you are in your car when floodwaters begin to rise, do not abandon your car and enter moving water. Only abandon your car if the rising floodwaters are not
  • Flood Watch – When you hear that your area is under a flood watch, this means to be aware of the potential for flooding to occur in your area. Pay close attention to the TV or radio for weather and emergency updates.
  • Flood Warning – Flood warning means take immediate action and flooding is either happening in your area or will be shortly. Move immediately to higher ground.
  • Keep children away from flooded areas or fast-moving water.

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard services the greater metro area (Illinois, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and many more). Woodard is proud to serve as the preferred provider for cleaning & restoration services. Our cleaning services include carpet, hard surface, furniture, and rug cleaning for both residential and commercial properties. We also provide water, fire, board-up, storm and smoke restoration services for residential and commercial clients. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932.

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Updated 05/10/2016