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Red Cross Offers Tips To Prepare For Flash Flooding

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DENVER (CBS4) – With more threats of flash flooding, the Red Cross provided some tips to Colorado residents.

One of the first things is to have a plan that should include pets. Make sure there’s a place the family can meet in case there’s a flood and make sure there’s a place to take the pets.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Also put together an emergency preparedness kit that should include things such as medication, a first aid kit, non-perishable foods and water.

In Colorado flash flooding happens often. That’s one reason the Red Cross says it’s important to think through those points before a flood strikes, not during a flood when it’s too late.

“It is so important to not have to be wondering, where is your passport? Where are your insurance papers? Where is your pet? … It’s so important to be able to move quickly,” Patricia Billinger with the Red Cross said. “In Colorado and in a lot of our communities the type of flooding we have is flash flooding, which happens in an instant. So it’s so important to be ready to go before you get that warning going off.”

Another thing to be mindful of, according to the Red Cross, is the neighborhood. Know which roads tend to close because of flash flooding the most quickly. Plan alternate routes.

The Red Cross also suggests not driving through roads where it’s hard to tell how deep the water is.

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