Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS help with rescue operations in Buchanan County

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(Photo Courtesy: Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS)

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS headed to Buchanan County to help with the rescue operations.

The department headed to the area on Monday, Aug. 30 because the area was dealing with flooding.

The department went on to link on its Facebook post resources you need to prepare for a flood.

According to ready.gov, you want to make sure you the types of flood risks that are in your area, have flood insurance, make a plan in case of an evacuation, and keep all your emergency documents in a waterproof container.

It is also important to note that just six inches of moving water can knock you over and one foot of moving water can push your car.

If you are trying to evacuate, ready.gov listed these safety precautions during a flood:

  • Evacuate immediately, if ordered to evacuated by officials
  • Contact healthcare providers if you are sick or need medical attention
  • Have a weather radio or local alerting system
  • Do not drive, swim or walk through flood waters
  • Stay off bridges over rushing water
  • Stay inside your car if your trapped in fast-moving water
  • Get on the roof of your car if water is rising inside
  • Get to the hightest level of a building if trapped

Flooding can also cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

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