With rainfall totals still anticipated between 6”-12”, the City of Sumter is asking residents to be prepared, to expect road closures and/or delays, but also report any high water or debris blocking the streets.
“The City is ready should a disaster strike” stated Mayor Joe McElveen. “This is what we prepare for every day, and we want to make sure our citizens are prepared too.” Residents are encouraged to contact the City Public Service Office should they encounter a roadway that is blocked or flooded. They should never try to cross or wade into flood waters.
“It’s important that residents take precautions themselves,” stated McElveen. “People underestimate the power of water; a full grown adult can be knocked down in just 6 inches of water.”
Police Officers and City staff will be out monitoring roadways, neighborhoods and business districts throughout the flood watch period and will keep the community apprised through the City’s website (www.sumtersc.gov) and various social media outlets. Residents are encouraged to:
- Slow down and avoid entering sections of roads that appear flooded.
- Disconnect electrical equipment, appliances and other items that could come into contact with rising water. If advised, gas and power should be turned off at the switch or valvpe.
- Make sure you have needed supplies such as flashlights, battery powered radios and adequate food and water.
- Seek a safe place for your pets.
- Check on family members, neighbors and friends.
If you encounter a flooded roadway or see any debris blocking the roads and/or drains please contact the City’s Public Service Office immediately at 803-436-2558 or call 911 in case of an emergency or if you know of someone who may need assistance.
For more tips and information on flood safety, visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/.
Also read the SC Emergency Management publication on Hurricane Preparedness... http://www.scemd.org/component/content/article/26-guides-and-brochures/142-south-carolina-hurricane-guide.