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Monsoon season in New Mexico typically ends in October, but heavy rainfall can still occur afterward. You need to be aware of the risks of flooding and know how to stay safe if you find yourself in one. A flood can happen anywhere, such as during winter when the snow melts, or local dams or levees fail. Here are the top three things you can do to stay safe:

Stay Informed

It’s crucial to stay informed about the possibility of a flood in your area. Keep an eye out for alerts and warnings from your local emergency management. You can receive these alerts on your phone or follow the local news for updates. Pay attention to safety information and know which areas around you are most prone to flooding.

Get to Higher Ground

Make sure to plan to evacuate to higher ground in case of severe flooding, regardless of location, as floodwater can be powerful enough to sweep you off your feet if you are not in a safe position. If you’re in your home, move to the highest-level room but avoid closed attics, as if floodwater is severe enough, it can trap you inside.

Take the Proper Safety Precautions

It is crucial to be careful of electrical hazards when near water. Whether it is power lines that have fallen outside or appliances and outlets inside, it can be dangerous and potentially deadly. To prevent such dangers, raise appliances off the ground and avoid floodwater. In addition to the risk of electrocution, the water is most likely contaminated, which could cause further health issues.

It is crucial to prioritize your safety until a restoration team, such as American Restoration Water & Fire, can safely assist in recovering your home and belongings. We urge you to follow the above guidelines to ensure your safety and minimize damage. When our team arrives, we’ll conduct a full assessment of the area to determine the type and extent of your water damage. Once the water-damaged area has been cleaned and is ready to be remodeled, we will work quickly to make all needed repairs so that you can again be living comfortably in your home or working productively in your place of business.