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Officials at Rock Island County sent out a reminder to warn people of the dangers of flooding in the event of an emergency:

If you live behind a levee and an authorized individual (such as Sheriff's Deputy) recommends that you evacuate, please heed the advice.  The recommendation is being made in order to keep you safe.

Don't drive around barricades or thru flood waters.  The roadway may have washed away.  Also, a mere 6 inches of water can push a vehicle into deeper water.

Keep children and pets out of flood waters.  It goes without saying that these are full of debris and biohazards.  If you do come in contact with the waters, please make sure you wash thoroughly with soap.

Proper cleaning of all household items that came into contact with the flood waters is required to reduce or eliminate contamination and potential disease.

If your home sustains flood damage, contact the appropriate building official to ensure proper codes are followed.

Be aware that as flood waters rise, wild animals are also looking for higher ground.  They may attempt to enter your home. 

Additional flood information can be found at www.rockislandcounty.org or at www.redcross.org

If you use a generator for temporary power, please be sure it is used outside and properly connected.

Stay away from power lines or electrical wires

Be careful keeping water out.  Do not pump water out of your foundation too quickly as this can cause a collapse.  Keep hydraulic pressure equal on both sides of the wall.

As the flooding will first affect the residents of the Carbon Cliff/Barstow Fire District, those citizens are encouraged to contact the fire station for assistance 24/7 as may be needed

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