City offers sandbags, flood warningJuly 13th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
The monsoon season is here, and sandbags and sand are available at Albuquerque fire stations for residents in flood-prone areas of the city, the Albuquerque Fire Department reports.
The caveats: You have to fill the bags. You’re asked to take only as many as you need. All stations have sandbags, but not every station has sand.
AFD also is reminding residents of the danger of playing in and around arroyos and flood-control channels, which can fill rapidly during cloudbursts and sweep people away miles downstream where it may not be raining.
Among the safety tips:
- Practice constant, adult supervision around any body of water, including pools and spas.
- Arroyo, River or Ditches – Never play in or around arroyos. The water can travel from 3-30mph.
- Be careful! Even when arroyos are dry, they can flood very quickly
- If caught in the flowing water, float on your back, feet downstream
- Call for help
- Stay calm
- Avoid bridge supports and debris, use feet to push off
- Stay floating on your back until the water slows down
- Do not try to swim or stand up until the water slows
- Reach for a rope or other object when near you
- Never attempt a rescue, you may become the next victim