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Flooding may be possible

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With snow-melt and the possibility for significant rainfall in the forecast, it is expected that flooding may be possible. In the event of flooding, please exercise caution.

 

10 Things to Know about Flood Safety:

Flooding can occur as streams and rivers overflow their banks, when dams or levees break, with run-off from deep snow cover, or any time there is rainfall with significant duration and intensity.

Keep these facts in mind to stay alive and dry.

*Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, or when a dam or levee fails and even a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Be cautious during storm seasons, or any time that flooding is common in your area.

*You may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.

*Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

*Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.

*If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.

*Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.

*If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

*Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.

*One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.

*Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.

Sources: FEMA.gov, NOAA.gov

Weather Warning

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday evening through Saturday morning; accumulations of 8″-14″ are possible.

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The following information may be found on the Red Cross Website Here

Preparing for a Winter Storm

Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Put Together a Supply Kit

Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
Flashlight
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

High Risk of Flooding along Stevens Branch (US Route 302)

High Risk of Localized Flooding

Please be aware that with current weather conditions, the chances of ice jams and localized flooding is HIGH. Please watch the rivers closely and prepare a bag of essential items in case you must leave because of flooding. Please ensure that in your bag you have clothes and all medications you need.

This link from the Red Cross is a flood prepareness checklist

We are actively watching the rivers closely in the area. If you need non-emergency assistance or have any questions, please call the fire house at (802) 223-5531.
For any emergencies or urgent matters or to report flooding, DIAL 911.

Hurricane Sandy

We here at the Berlin Fire Department have been preparing for any possible weather the town of Berlin may experience. We will be monitoring known areas of concern throughout Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please take the time to check out the useful Preparedness Guides over at Vermont Emergency Management. You can also check out our FaceBook Page. We will try to keep information for the town of Berlin such as road closures in town updated on the Facebook Page.