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Flood Safety
Do not walk through flowing water.
Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.

Do not drive through a flooded area.
More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines or emergency to First Energy - Potomac Edison at 1-888-544-4877 or 1-888-LIGHTSS

Have your electricity turned off by the Power Company.
Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.

Look out for animals, especially snakes.
Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals.

Look before you step.
After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.

Be alert for gas leaks.
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.

Drainage System Maintenance
Do not dump anything into the City’s local waterways or drainage ditches. Doing so could cause unexpected flooding during normal thundershowers and is in violation of the City of Frederick Code Section 25-73. Debris in ditches and streams obstructs the flow of water which can cause overflow into roads and into yards. Partial or complete filling in these ditches can reduce the flood flow capacity, which will also result in overflow into roads or onto private property. If your property is near a waterway or drainage ditch, please do your part and keep the banks clear of brush and debris. The City of Frederick Public Works Department inspects culverts and stormwater facilities and cleans and maintains the system twice a year. If you see major blockage such as downed trees or debris, unapproved changes such as filling or rerouting, or violations to the ordinance, call the City of Frederick Public Works Department at (301) 600-1681.