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Hurricane Irma damage: What to do before, during and after a flood

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

Irma Aftermath In Florida

Emergency management  officials are quick to remind those living in coastal areas that it’s the water that a hurricane brings that is the biggest threat to lives and property.

According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge, or the wall or water a hurricane pushes on land as it moves onshore, has accounted for about half of the deaths in hurricanes since 1970.

The danger of storm surge is so great that in 2017, the NHC changed its warning system to include a separate warning for surge alone. 

While you can do very little once the surge is at hand, there are some things you can do to stay safe from the flood waters it brings.

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency, here are tips for keeping safe during and after a flood.

Before a flood 
• If a flood is likely in your area, listen to the radio or television for information.
• Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.

When a flood is imminent
• Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.
• If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
• If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
• If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
• Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

Larry Donnerstaf, center, is helped back to his home at Naples Estates trailer park in East Naples, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2017.

During a flood
• Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
• If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
• Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
• Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

After a flood
• Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
• Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
• Avoid moving water.
• Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
• Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
• Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
• Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

Source: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Video: Florida family saves kitten from interstate

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

I-95 (File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
I-95 (File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Jacksonville, Florida, family saved a kitten from the side of a freeway Sunday.

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Rebecca Marshall rescued the kitten, while her daughter, Allison Bullard, caught the entire event on video.

The rescue happened where I-95 North nears the Zoo Parkway.

Marshall said she was looking out the window when she spotted the kitten.

“We hurried and got off the exit and turned around,” Marshall said. “I was scared to death it’d be hit by a car or something by then.”

Bullard started to record, and nearly two agonizing minutes went by before they were able to get to the kitten.

“We were so scared he was going to run into traffic,” Bullard said. “He just ran straight ahead, it was scary.”

The kitten darted, but Marshall was able to catch up to it as it was trying to get into a storm drain.

“I just threw the towel over him and that was it, I caught him,” Marshall said.

The family wasn’t sure how the kitten ended up there.

Thankfully, the kitten from the incident should be fine.

“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun,” Bullard said.

They're bringing Magnum to the Jacksonville Humane Society on Tuesday.

“I knew that I was in danger the whole time, scared to death,” Marshall said. “But, I can’t just leave an innocent life.”

“So, it was worth it?” Action News Jax Reporter Russell Colburn asked

“It was worth it,” Marshall replied. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Father and son re-create police photo for Father's Day

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Auburn Police Officer Andy Gould and his son in 1998 and 2018. (Auburn Police Department via KIRO7.com)
Auburn Police Officer Andy Gould and his son in 1998 and 2018. (Auburn Police Department via KIRO7.com)

In Auburn, Washington, a son who followed his father into law enforcement recreated a 20-year-old photo with his dad, and the photo has generated hundreds of positive comments on Facebook. 

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Officer Andy Gould and his son were pictured in 1998 inside Gould’s Auburn police patrol car. 

“When I get bigger, I’m going to be my Dad’s partner and catch bad guys and burglars,” the caption with the photo read.

The photo taken two decades later on Father’s Day shows Gould’s son in the same spot – though it was a little tighter fitting his son’s 6-foot-7 frame. Though they’re not technically partners, Gould’s son followed him into law enforcement as a King County Sheriff’s deputy.

See the photo and the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook post below. Gould also was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2012 by the Auburn VFW Post 1741. 

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SEE: Image of Trump in the clouds really does look like him

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:52 PM



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Who hasn’t played the cloud game? It’s a rite of childhood, but usually the fluffy white clouds tend to look like familiar shapes and objects. 

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For a South Carolina man, it was quite different.

AJ Brackins snapped a photo of a giant dark cloud that resembled a profile of President Donald Trump and posted it to Facebook last Thursday.

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The cloud really does bear an uncanny resemblance to the president.

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Man indicted, accused of dragging dog behind truck causing serious injuries

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:22 PM

Emory Junior Samples has been indicted on cruelty to animals  and aggravated assault for allegedly dragging his dog behind his truck.
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Emory Junior Samples has been indicted on cruelty to animals and aggravated assault for allegedly dragging his dog behind his truck.(Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

A metro Atlanta man has been indicted for aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated assault after dragging his dog behind his truck and pointing a handgun at a witness, authorities said.

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The incident happened in early February.

Emory Junior Samples, 71, was arrested after witnesses reported seeing a dog being pulled behind an old Ford truck on a road in Forsyth County.

Witnesses remembered the truck’s license plate numbers and told the sheriff’s office, and deputies soon found the suspected vehicle. There was blood in the truck bed, according to reports.

Deputies found the dog, named Loki, in nearby woods and he required immediate medical attention.

Court records describe Samples as “maliciously” causing physical harm to his dog and “seriously disfiguring” the animal’s body by dragging the dog behind his truck.

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Samples also pointed a handgun at Steve Hafelle, one of the witnesses, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

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