Cristobal is now a tropical depression moving away from the Gulf Coast and heading north. The winds from the storm have died down but Cristobal may strengthen later this week. The American Red Cross is prepared to respond as this storm brings power outages and flooding across not only the gulf states of Louisiana and Mississippi, but also further up into Arkansas and the midwest states.
Heavy rain could lead to flooding, especially along the Mississippi River where Cristobal could produce anywhere from two to 15 inches of rain. Isolated tornadoes are also possible.
GET READY FOR FLOODING
As Cristobal moves north away from the coast, people in the path of this storm should be prepared to evacuate and leave the area if local officials tell you to do so. Don’t return home until officials say it is safe. Stay informed - tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates. Flooding may occur, and people can follow these safety steps:
Right Before a Flood
- Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly if directed and know your routes and destinations. If someone needs to find a shelter they can download the free Red Cross Emergency app or visit redcross.org/shelter.
During a Flood
- Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Evacuate if directed. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage.
- Avoid already flooded areas and areas that are subject to sudden flooding such as dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc. Stay away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing streams or water covered roads.
- If caught in a flash flood, try to get to higher ground and stay there. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
- Turn around and find another route if you come upon floodwater, rapidly rising water or barricades.
- Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water. It may be contaminated with sewage.
After a Flood
- If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
- Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
- Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
- Watch pets closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around your home.
- If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water. Report downed lines to the power company.
Full flooding safety information is available here.
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