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The Reasons Why Flooding Is So Dangerous in Dutchess County

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

An aerial view of a red truck truck driving through dirty flooded roads Flooding comes with many dangers, be prepared ahead of time to avoid even bigger problems!

Flooding is frightening for many reasons. The damage that flooding can cause to your Wappingers home is quite alarming, but an additional concern is the actual dangers that floods can cause.

Whether you are dealing with flash floods, gradual floods from bad weather like storm run off or flooding due to a burst pipe or backed-up drain, there are many reasons to be cautious around any type of floodwater.

While many people assume that this is only a concern if they live in a flood prone area, floods can occur even in areas that are not considered traditional floodplains—and floods cause more deaths than any other thunderstorm-related hazard every year. For this reason, it is important to be aware of the dangers so you can keep yourself and your family safe.

The Dangers That Flooding Can Cause

**The risk of contamination.** When there is a flood, it is impossible to know exactly what the flood waters have come into contact with, which means they could be heavily contaminated with chemicals, bacteria and other hazards. If possible, avoid having to come in contact with flood waters, especially if you do not know its source. Additionally, flood waters can contaminate drinking water sources, so be sure to check with authorities before utilizing any tap water.

**The risk of driving hazards.** Fast-moving flood waters are one of the leading causes of deaths relating to floods, in part because of how deceptive they can be. As little as two feet of moving water can sweep away a vehicle, and it takes only six inches to knock someone off of their feet. Never attempt to walk through or drive through flood waters, as they are often deeper than they may appear.

**The risk of electrical shock.** If a room in your home floods and your electricity is still on, the water can quickly become a conductor of electricity and lead to a dangerous shock. If it is safe to do so, always switch your electricity and gas lines off in the event of a flood. Once the flooding subsides, be sure to check with local authorities before turning your electricity back on and using any electronics that were plugged in at the home. It's a good idea to get a professional electrician to make sure everything is working as it should afterwards.

*If you have damage due to flooding, you can depend on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to help. We guarantee a quick response and can handle all aspects of flood restoration. Contact us today and we'll help make any kind of water damage, "Like it never even happened."

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