As warmer temperatures slowly return to Central New York those massive snowbanks will turn into spring run-off. So, before the snow melts get to know these two terms and what each means for you.

Before a Flood

First: A Flood/flash flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible

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Second: A flood/flash flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is happening take immediate precautions

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Weather Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep ready and recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
  • Download the App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications.

During a flood

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Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.

Boil tap water until water sources has been declared safe.

Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals

After a Flood

Let friends and family know you are safe. Register yourself as safe on the safe and well website

If evacuated return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

Continue listening to your local Townsquaremedia station for the latest information

Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

This is a good starting point but by no means all you need to do. Plan as much as possible before flooding becomes an issue and leaves you no options.