Using Boats In Flooded Areas
Hurricane season ends on November 30th which means we still need to keep a close eye on the tropics. When a hurricane hits, that usually means lots of heavy wind and, especially in our area, flooding. When this happens, many people use boats to assist in water rescues in flooded areas. The Cajun Navy, which was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is a great example how neighbors come together helping each other out when floodwaters start to rise, inundating neighborhoods here in Louisiana and surrounding area. However, when attempting to help others, make sure you do not endanger yourself.
What You Need To Know
Navigating your boat in floodwaters can be very dangerous. Floating debris can clog your engine’s raw water intake which can cause the engine to overheat. Floodwaters tend to be muddy which means dangerous unseen obstacles could be lurking just under the surface. Be careful not to accidentally hit or run into floating debris. Furthermore, dangerous chemicals in floodwaters could harm your boat’s paint finish. Make sure to rinse your boat thoroughly after navigating floodwaters. Also, keep in mind, floodwater can have strong and at times strange currents. When out there helping others, remember that standing floodwater can also spread infectious diseases, bring chemical hazards, and cause injuries. So, make sure you stay out of the water as much as possible and rinse off as soon as you get a chance.