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Flood stage may reach record levels

Emmet County Emergency Management system sends warning

July 6, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Emmet County Emergency Management is advising the West Fork of the Des Moines River is expected to rise to near record levels this weekend. Residents are advised to avoid flooded areas. Sand bags and sand are available at no charge at the Emmet County Maintenance Garage west of the fairgrounds in Estherville.

Fact Box

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

If there's a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.

Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.

Walk only where floodwaters aren't moving.

Use a stick to check the depth of the water and firmness of the ground in front of you.

If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.

Just 1 foot of water can stall your engine and make the car float away.

Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.

These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.



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