Larimer County has had no shortage of flash floods this summer. Some have proved fatal — according to Denver7, a July 15 incident resulted in the deaths of two campers in Buckhorn Canyon.
The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA) recently shared flash flood safety tips. Keep these in mind in the event of another emergency:
How to Identify Flash Flood Risk
LETA suggests familiarizing yourself with local flood and landslide-prone areas and knowing the closest flood evacuation routes and emergency shelter locations. Find these on NOCOAlert’s Alert Zone Map.
It is also important to recognize flash flood warning signals. Sign up to receive flash flood warnings for Larimer County’s Cameron Peak Fire Burn Scar by texting FLOOD2022 to 888777.
What to Do During a Flash Flood
When a flash flood occurs, LETA recommends tying outdoor items down or bringing them inside. Once inside, collect your emergency supplies and stay up to date with the situation via radio or local news channels.
In the event of a power outage, turn off the water and gas in your home. Unplug electrical appliances until the power is back on.
If you have to go outside, avoid walking or driving across flooded roads.
What to Do After a Flash Flood
If water has entered your home, LETA advises that you wear rubber boots and plastic gloves during clean-up. Utilize air conditioning, fans, and dehumidifiers to help dry affected areas.
Combine one cup of bleach with one gallon of water to disinfect walls and floors. If you can’t disinfect certain items, throw them away.
Learn more about how to register for emergency alerts in Larimer and Weld counties here.
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