WAYNE COUNTY, MI - The Wayne County Department of Public Services (DPS) and Health, Human and Veterans Services (HHVS) is urging residents to drive with caution and take steps to protect their homes, vehicles and valuables should flooding occur this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, Wayne County is at an elevated risk to receive 3-4 inches of rain between Friday morning and Saturday evening. The intense rainfall could lead to road and freeway closures and/or basement and severe surface flooding. Below is a list of tips to help residents stay safe and prepare for inconveniences that may result from possible flooding:
Â· Avoid flooded road ways and drive with extreme caution during rainfall.
- If you encounter a roadway that is flooded, do not attempt to drive through the flooded area(s), water can be deeper than it appears.
- Do not approach any downed powerlines, electric current passes through water easily.
"Motorists should avoid flooded roads. It's difficult to gauge how deep flood waters are, and it's just not worth the risk to the health of you or your vehicle," said DPS Director Bev Watts. "Use extra caution during night as it's more difficult to see flood dangers and be sure to adhere to any road closure or detour signs."
In the event that residents experience flooding, it is vital that important health and safety precautions are followed while cleaning flooded basements and structures. Below is a list of recommendations from DPS and the County Department of Health, Human and Veterans Services on how to stay safe following an extreme weather event:
Â· Never turn power on or off or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
Â· Do not enter basements or other areas where floodwaters have reached any electrical outlets or panels.
Â· After clean-up, make sure electrical outlets are safe to use before restoring electrical power.
- Keep kids and pets away from cleanup areas.
Â· When inside a flooded basement or building, wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles and boots.
For questions on flooding contamination or cleanup contact HHVS's Environmental Health Division at 734.727.7400.
Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date on weather alerts and updates by periodically checking local stations and other weather outlets. To report a road hazard or an environmental issue, residents may utilize Wayne County's hotlines or visit us online at www.waynecounty.com.Report a road hazard 24/7: 1-888-ROAD-CREW (1-888-762-3273)Environmental emergency hotline: 1-888-223-2363