Preparing for a flood event involves protecting the lives of Caddo Parish residents. Below are essential resources and protocols to assist in keeping you and your family safe.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
As little as one foot of water can carry your vehicle. Water may be deeper than it appears as it may be covering a collapsed roadway. Watch a video and read more on this topic from the National Weather Service.
Keep out of Floodwaters
From the Caddo Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan:
Major health concerns are also associated with floods. Floodwaters can transport materials such as dirt, oil, animal waste, and chemicals (e.g., farm, lawn, and industrial) that may cause illnesses of various degrees when coming in contact with humans. Floodwaters can also infiltrate sewer lines and inundate wastewater treatment plants, causing sewage to backup and creating a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. This infiltration may also cause water supplies to become contaminated and undrinkable.
This page contains detailed directions for your loved ones and yourself, including steps for making a plan, instructions to follow after receiving an evacuation order, and tips on gathering supplies. For additional information, visit the Ready.gov Floods page.
The best outcome depends on preparing NOW. Do not wait until an emergency to make a plan.