Summit County officials urge community to prepare for flooding in spring season

Summit County officials urge the community to prepare for fast waterways and flooding.
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As the spring snowmelt reaches peak runoff, Summit County officials are warning the community to be wary of flash flooding and other hazards.

County officials don’t consider the expected impact from snowmelt to be substantial this year, but intense storms could lead to flash flooding and unsafe conditions.

It is especially important for people to be cautious when participating in outdoor activities on or near the water, according to a news release. Storms and snowmelt may lead to increased stream flows and dangerous currents that could be unsafe for children and pets playing on the shores of fast-moving water, the news release said.

County officials anticipate stream flows will be highest during extend periods of warm and sunny weather and prolonged rain events. In Summit County, peak stream flows typically happen during late May through mid-June.

County officials urge people to only participate in water based activities if they have the proper training, experience and equipment. If flooding does occur, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office recommends that people follow these guidelines:

  • Get to higher ground immediately if flooding occurs
  • Stay away from flood-prone areas, such as dips, low spots, valleys, ditches and washes
  • Avoid flooded areas and areas with fast-moving water
  • Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream
  • Don’t allow children or pets to play near storm drains, high water, culverts or ditches
  • Never drive through floodwaters or flooded roads
  • Do not camp or park cars along streams and washes
  • Use life jackets and other proper flotation devices in and around the water
  • Wear wading belts to prevent water from entering waders after a fall
  • Be especially cautious at night
  • Monitor the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Weather Radio and local media for weather information

Local and state officials are prepared to respond to flooding in Summit County, according to the news release. Local public works departments have set up sandbag stations throughout the community for residents, businesses and property owners.

The county encourages community members to review the Summit County Swift Water Safety and Flood Preparedness Guide, which has information on how to prepare for flooding.

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