City participates in Flood Awareness Week

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

To encourage safety, the City of Pearland participated in Flood Awareness Week in Texas.

Statistics show flooding and flash flooding can threaten residents’ safety, property and occupations at any time of the year.

The City wants Pearland residents to prepare for potentially sudden and violent storms to the area. The timing is right for this information to go out since dangerous floods and flash floods occur with a higher frequency during spring and summer. At that time of year, thunderstorms, tropical storms and even hurricanes can happen and cause flooding.

Flash floods can happen within minutes as a result of intense rainfall or slow moving storms that track over the same areas.

With planning and preparing as the keys to success for flooding issues, the City of Pearland offers its residents safety tips.

These tips include the following:

– Be familiar with the implications of flood watches and warnings

– Assemble a preparedness kit of supplies

– Develop a communications strategy for reaching friends and family in case of emergency

– Designate a meeting place in case of evacuation

– Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media

– Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area

– Never drive or walk through flooded streets

– Be mindful of signs and barriers warning of flood dangers. Always “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

To learn more about floods and floodplains, visit at the City’s floodplain webpage at www.pearlandtx.gov.

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