In the event of flooding, listen to radio and television broadcasts to receive further information.
The majority of injuries or death during floods happen when people play or swim in floodwaters. Avoid entering floodwater unnecessarily either by foot or in a vehicle.
There are many hidden dangers lurking in floodwaters including:
- Hidden currents
- Exposure to extreme cold (hypothermia)
- Illness resulting from the consumption of floodwaters
- Vehicle accidents due to deteriorating road conditions
- Electrocution from fallen power lines or damaged electrical goods
- Snake, spiders and crocodiles
Avoid flooded areas
Stay away from flooded areas or areas which are usually prone to flooding. Dips, low spots, and gullies can become filled with water. It is very easy to become trapped by rapidly rising floodwaters.
Swift flowing water
If you come upon flowing floodwater above your ankles, go another way. Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift flowing water. As little as 15cm of swiftly flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
Don't play in floodwater
Flood waters are often fast flowing, so should never be the place to swim or play. Never play around storm drains, ditches, gullies or culverts as you may be either swept away or trapped under the water.
This water can also become contaminated with sewage or other rubbish, and can cause health problems.
Driving through flood waters can also send waves along the street pushing even more water into homes.
Do not drink any water until advised it is safe or eat any food product that has come into contact with floodwater, even those in cans that have been damaged.