City of Marquette Advising Residents to be Prepared for Evacuation

The Mississippi River stage in Marquette is forecast to reach major flood stage early next week.  City officials are advising residents to prepare and make Plans for Evacuation for as early as Tuesday, April 25, Especially If you live on or near Anti-Monopoly, Brown St, or Edgar St. Additionally, businesses and homes on North St may not be accessible.

When you are aware that flooding may enter your property:
• Move Valuables to higher locations
• Plug Basement Floor Drains

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Practice Electrical Safety: Don’t go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises–get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!

Avoid Flood Waters: Don’t walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible. Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

More information will be made available as conditions change and as planning continues