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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2003

 

OAHU CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF FLOODING HAZARDS

            The National Weather Service has acknowledged an increased possibility of heavy rain and flooding for the State and the City and County of Honolulu this weekend.

            Oahu Civil Defense Agency urges residents to consider the following flood safety precautions:

        Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to high, safe ground should you have to evacuate in a hurry.

        Persons who live in frequently flooded areas should keep materials on hand such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber, which can be used to protect properties.

        Do not allow young children to play along streams or near drainage ditches.  Both of these areas can quickly turn deadly during periods of heavy rainfall.

        If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Floodwaters can rise rapidly and sweep a car (and its occupants) away.  Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles.  DO NOT attempt to drive through flooded areas in your vehicle as portions of the road may already be washed out or the water much deeper than it appears.

        Hikers should use extreme caution anytime heavy rains threaten.  Hawaii streams can go from a trickle to a raging flood within minutes if previous rainfall has been substantial.

Oahu Civil Defense staff and volunteers will be assisting in monitoring stream and highway conditions throughout the weekend.

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Friday, December 26, 2003

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