LEEDS – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing to caution residents that water levels are significantly high and continue to increase.
The following safety tips are provided to Leeds residents and property owners to take any preventative action and avoid any undue risk.
- Avoid disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue or other emergency operations and put you in danger. Watch for washed out roads, earth slides, and downed trees or power lines.
- Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
- The roadbed may be washed out.
- You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.
- Your car may float. Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
- Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around and go another way!
NEVER try to walk or swim through flowing water.
- If flowing water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
- If it is moving swiftly, water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet.
- Do not wade through flood waters as there is a risk of being swept away.
- NEVER allow children to play around high water, storm drains, creeks, or rivers.