spring floods 031522SPRINGFIELD – With the winter snow and ice melting across the central Illinois, State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) is reminding people to be vigilant and make a plan in case of a flood.

“The banks of rivers and streams across the state could swell as ice and snow melts,” said Turner. “It is imperative that community members have a plan in place if a flood occurs.”

Flooding is the most common natural disaster across the country and can threaten almost every community in Illinois. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency in partnership with all local Emergency Management agencies and the National Weather Service is recognizing this week as 2022 Flood Safety Week.

IEMA warns the public that just six inches of water can knock people down and only one foot of moving water can sweep people’s cars away. The group suggests families update their family communications plan and build an emergency preparedness kit.

“Know the signs of an impending flood,” said Turner. “Early action could save a life.”  

For more information on flooding preparedness efforts, people can visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov.