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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 3, 2004

CONTACT: Public Information-ESF14 (850) 921-0384

Managing Standing Water After Hurricane Frances

--Awareness of Hidden Dangers in Standing Water Encouraged--

TALLAHASSEE— Following a hurricane, residents should be aware of the potential dangers from standing water. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is advising citizens in those areas affected by Hurricane Frances to take precaution.

Please adhere to the following precautions 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 floodwaters 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.

The National Weather Service reminds motorists that upon encountering flooded roads, “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” For more information on the flooding safety campaign, visit www.srh.noaa.gov/tadd

For additional information on Hurricane Frances, affected areas in Florida and the State Emergency Response Team call the Florida Emergency Information Line at 1-800-342-3557 or visit www.FloridaDisaster.org

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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