Spring has nearly arrived.
The new season will bring flowers and longer days. But it also comes with the potential for flooding.
Deaths and property damage are some effects of immoderate rain, according to a release from Prince William County.
“Most homeowners and renters’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage. So, it’s worth looking into getting flood insurance,” Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Misner said in a release. “Flood insurance typically takes 30 days to go into effect, so it might be wise to contact an insurance agent to discuss options before spring’s wet weather arrives.”
Information about places at risk for flooding is available on the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation website.
Community members may also prepare themselves by establishing an evacuation plan and registering for Prince William County alerts.
If flooding occurs, individuals should move to higher areas.
Adults can be knocked over when water levels reach 6 inches. Small vehicles could be carried away when they increase to 12 inches.
Officials are urging drivers whose vehicles stall during flooding to get out and move to safety. Those unable to leave should call 911.
To learn more about being safe during severe weather, visit the county’s website.