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Mar 12, 2014 12:05 PM by Q2 News

Carbon County officials warn residents to prepare for possible flooding

RED LODGE - Authorities in Carbon County are advising residents in the area to be preapred for flooding.

This notice was sent out today by the Carbon County Sheriff's Office and the Carbon County Disaster and Emergency Services:

FLOOD PREPARATION AND SAND BAG AVAILABILITY IN CARBON COUNTY

Due to recent flooding in the County, the Carbon County Commissioners are encouraging residents in need of sand bags and sand to contact the Sheriff's Office at 446-1234. The Sheriff's Office is coordinating the distribution of these resources to assist those in need of flood protection. Sand and bags are available in the communities of Bridger, Joliet, Red Lodge and Roberts. The County is making the bags and sand available free of cost, but residents are responsible for filling their own bags.

Darrel Krum, Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator for Carbon County, stresses the importance of being prepared for spring flooding, "It is important that residents in low-lying areas around the County prepare themselves for high water levels. Snow pack is above normal and the potential for flooding will exist for many more weeks. This is just the beginning of the flood season."

Carbon County DES is also encouraging those in flood prone areas to prepare an emergency supply kit in advance. A kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an
emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. The recommended items in a kit include:

Food and water
Extra clothing including outdoor items (Jacket, boots, hat and gloves)
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Battery-supplied radio
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Cell phone with charger
Extra cash
Family and emergency contact information
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Extra set of car and house keys
Camera for photos of damage
Pet supplies
Special need items such as medications, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids
baby supplies (diapers, bottles and formula)

The DES office recommends having kit supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

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