ZFD: Snow Melt Could Mean Flooding

by Courtney Wheaton on February 18, 2014 at 1:24 am

The return to warmer temperatures later this week may sound good right now, but it could lead to flooding in some areas . The Zanesville Fire Department is asking area residents to stay alert.

Zanesville Fire Fighter, Trent Abrams says it does not take much flooding to cause serious problems.

"Six inches of water in enough to take a human being and a few feet of water can take away a vehicle. My suggestion is if you see flash flooding occurring don’t drive you vehicle through it," said Abrams.

Abrams says over the years he has witnessed property damage because of flood related issues. He has a few suggestions for residents to protect their homes.

" Just make sure that your down spouts are away from the house so that when the snow starts melting it gets away from the house and the foundation so that it doesn’t get into your basement. If it does make sure you take the proper precautions and don’t go in there and wade in the water because it is dangerous, " says Abrams.

The fire department also warns children against playing in the flood water because it can contain dangerous chemicals and materials.