Road Crews

Written by Bonnie McElfresh
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Both before and after flooding, there will be lots of work for road crews. They may be engaged in closing off roads and clearing drainage ditches and storm drains to try and keep flood damage to a minimum. Sometimes road crews are called upon to help other teams with evacuation operations. In an emergency, it's all hands on deck, quite literally.

Road Crews and Flood Cleanup

In the aftermath of a flood, road crews will mainly be engaged in clearing debris and using pumps in critical places. Depending on the extent of flooding, the cleanup operation may go on for days or even weeks. It is particularly important that crews are aware of the dangers they may encounter in flooded buildings. Crews should always be advised not to wade through floodwater except in cases of life or death.

Floodwater can harbor all sorts of dangers, such as the threat of electrocution if power had not been cut off beforehand. Sewage contamination can also be a serious threat if all homes in the area had not been fitted with one way valves to prevent sewage backflow. Broken furniture and glass can also pose serious hazards to cleanup crews.

One important task of road crews will be assessing flood damage to see if any permanent preventative measures would be called for. Critical information might include facts about rain runoff and how it could be avoided or contained in future floods. Most local authorities will wait for word from road crews before they consider reopening roads and restoring services to flooded areas.

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