Buffalo's recent record snowfall turns into dangerous flood water as temperatures abruptly rise, Cozy Products report.
As high winds bring warmer temperatures to a region that just last week gained 88 inches (over 7 feet) of snow, flood concerns consume Western New York (USA Today).Cozy Products, heating experts, report.
"Since many storm drains are snow clogged, many urban areas will likely experience flooding with several feet of water possibly accumulating on some stretches of road. Some residential basements will start to flood at this time, as well," stated the National Weather Service via USA Today.
According to NBC News, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told people in flood-prone areas to have their bags packed in case of disaster. Workers are moving as quickly as possible to transfer snow out of flood-prone areas to safe zones with large trucks before it melts, as strong winds reaching up to 60mph push their way through.
Governor Cuomo said, “Flooding, in my opinion, is worse than dealing with snow. Floods are much more dangerous and destructive than people think… It's not water. It's a toxic brew… it has sewage in it, it has all sorts of run-off in it, and it does tremendous damage with anything that it hits, so flooding is nothing to take lightly," notes NBC News. Trees and power lines damaged and uprooted by the weather may come down, causing road hazards and loss of power. Municipal services are doing their best to warn people ahead of time in case evacuation is necessary, and the National Weather Service currently has flood warnings in place through Wednesday.
Considering the number of hazards and risks involved for residents of affected areas, disaster preparation is extremely important. Aside from being prepared in case of evacuation, Cozy Products offer some tips for the situation at home.
Power outages can be especially dangerous in cold weather. Downed power lines in water often create electrocution risk, so staying far away from them is important; contact the utility company. Preserve cell phone batteries for emergency calls only, and check the weather reports on a battery-operated radio. Keeping spare batteries around is a very good idea. Candles, oil lanterns, and flashlights are also wise, as is a first aid kit.
Keep warm clothes on hand, particularly clothing to cover your feet, hands, and head – the areas where your body loses the most heat. If available, warm showers can quickly raise body temperature as well; electric water tanks will stay warm for a few hours. Keeping a non-electric heating solution, such as battery-powered Cozy Feet inserts can help a great deal as well. Check on neighbors who are elderly or may have medical conditions to make sure they’re prepared as well, as power outages can prove lethal for some. Keeping food that does not need to be cooked, as well as clean drinking water, is also a good idea.
Remember to unplug all appliances to protect from power surges once power is restored, especially delicate electronics such as computers and televisions, especially if they are not plugged into a surge protector outlet.
Cozy Products manufactures energy-efficient, low-watt personal heaters that conserve energy, prevent circuit overloads, put heat where you need it most, and reduce the risk of fire. Popular with offices and customers worldwide, Cozy Products has built its 50 year reputation on safer, economical, green, effective products that are designed to prevent the complications inherent to most space heaters.