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Flooded Waterways Too Dangerous for Boating | Print |  Email

Flooded Waterways too Dangerous for Boating

If you live in an area that is affected by serious flooding, you may be tempted to take a boat out on flooded roadways to have a look at the damage. Safe Electricity recommends you stay out of flooded land and waterways. High water levels may carry boats and other floating objects into contact with power lines and other electric equipment.Flooding

Unless it’s an emergency, boaters should not head out on flooded waterways. You should always be 10 feet away from power lines in all directions. This can be difficult to do in rising water. Hazards beneath the water could also put your safety at risk.

If you are on a boat that does come in contact with a power line, never jump out of the boat into the water —the water could be energized. Instead, stay in the boat and avoid touching anything metal until help arrives or until your boat is no longer in contact with the line.

When areas become flooded, buoys and beacons can be moved or damaged. They should not be relied on for safe navigation.

Also practice caution in flooded rooms or areas inside a building. Never step into a flooded area if water could be in contact with electrical equipment or outlets. Make sure the power to the building is off before entering.