Red Cross offering flood preparedness tips

CENTRAL ILLINOIS - American Red Cross officials are offering central Illinois residents several tips that could help them prepare for flash flooding.

Red Cross officials say central Illinois residents should listen to local radio and television stations for flood warnings and other updates from the National Weather Service.  Residents are also advised to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice, and to head for higher ground when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.

Officials also warn residents to stay away from floodwaters, and to keep children from playing in floodwaters, as they could be dangerous.  Motorists who come upon a flooded road are advised to turn around and go another way, as cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.  Officials say that residents should use extra caution at night, when flood dangers may not be as easily identified.

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