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Barrington sometimes experiences localized flooding due to excessive rainfall. This is sometimes worsened by spring snow melt situations. When flooding occurs, follow these safety tips:

For Drivers:

  • If you are driving and come upon an area where water is completely covering the road, don’t attempt to drive through it—you don’t know how deep the water is, and as little as 18 inches of water can lift a car!
  • Be wary of any areas where flood waters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

At Home:

  • Develop and practice a 'family escape' plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Bring outside possessions inside the house or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.
  • If there is time, move essential items and furniture to upper floors in the house. Disconnect electrical appliances that cannot be moved. DO NOT touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

If You Have to Evacuate:

  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • If you are told to shut off water, gas, or electrical services before leaving, do so.
  • If you evacuate, secure your home: lock doors and windows.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

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