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Standing Water Precautions

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Following hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rains, residents should be aware of the potential dangers from standing water. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommends extreme caution in the event of floods and resulting

 

Please adhere to the following precautions/recommendations if standing water is in your area:

  • Do not drive through the water. Depth cannot be determined in murky water and even six inches of water can cause a car to float.
  • Standing water can carry a number of contaminants including sewage and chemicals. Do not let children play in flood waters and avoid them as much as possible.
  • Following a heavy storm, sharp debris could be hidden in the water causing injury.
  • Standing water may contain harmful bacteria that could cause infection.
  • If downed power lines are hidden under standing water, there is the risk of electrocution.
  • Allow the proper authorities to restore drainage by removing debris and sediment from drainage grates. 
  • Watch for snakes. Most Florida snakes are not poisonous but may still react if approached.