Emergency crews prepare for possible flooding

April 19, 2019 06:37 PM

Department of Public Works crews and fire departments across the area are preparing just in case flash flooding becomes a reality.

The Stockade in Schenectady is an area prone to flooding. NewsChannel 13 spoke with the city of Schenectady on Friday. They say they don't anticipate any issues, but are prepared just in case.

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If you're in area that is a part of the flash flood watch around the region, here are a few tips that may help if you're impacted by flooding:

  • Find safe shelter immediately. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Remember the saying "Turn around, don't drown". Six inches of moving water can knock you down -- and one foot can take your vehicle away.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water and decide in advance how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
  • Evacuate if you're told to do so by authorities, move to higher ground or a higher floor if it's safer.
  • In the interim, it's important to remember to clear storm drains off near your home if you see debris. This will also help prevent flooding.

MORE INFORMATION: First Warning Weather page | Interactive Radar | Download the First Warning Weather app


Brooke Selby & WNYT Staff

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