ACTION NEEDED FOR SAFETY IN FLOOD AREAS Koochiching County
Residents Encouraged to Secure Dock Weights and Propane Tanks in High Water and Flood Areas
KOOCHICHING COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~~~~~ May 29, 2022 (LSNews) Additional rainfall is expected across Koochiching County over the next few days. Many waterfront property owners are concerned about docks and boat lifts floating away and have placed heavy barrels, totes or tanks to weigh them down. Anyone with docks in areas of high water are encouraged to properly secure all items being used to weigh down docks. Even heavy, full water tanks, barrels and totes are at risk of floating away when waters rise and can pose serious hazards – including possible clogging of dams, boating and other hazards. Anchor these items to a secure structure.
Propane Tanks & Flooding
With rising water levels, action needs to be taken to protect your propane tank, cylinders and LP Gas system. Always listen to Emergency Response Personnel and follow evacuation orders exactly as given. Securing propane tanks and related preparations in flood situations should be only as time allows. However, there are several things you can do in anticipation of high water, including:
- Have your propane tank filled when rainy weather is on the way. The tank will not float if the water level is below that of the propane liquid level.
- Take a picture of your propane tank manufacturer's nameplate – a good way to identify it in case your tank is recovered after floating away.
- Secure your above ground LP Gas tank to a nearby sturdy tree with a chain or cable by running it through the legs or lifting lugs of the tank.
- Close the propane tank service valve by turning the handwheel clockwise. If you close off propane tanks, be sure to turn off propane appliances.
- After closing the service valve, close the dome cover and secure it shut with a bolt or pin.
- Move propane cylinders to a location where they will not be affected by high water and subject to floating.
- DO NOT relocate cylinders to a garage or indoors.
- Contact your propane provider ASAP if your tank is being affected due to the rising water levels.
- If flooding causes a propane tank to break away from its location, any gas in the container will be lost if the service valve remains open. Flood waters are a lot more powerful than the strength of the connecting pipe or tubing and can easily cause a tank to float off its foundation, if unsecured.
- Additionally, if the tank has little gas or is empty, it will float a lot easier and much farther if there is nothing to stop it. Therefore, keeping a propane tank full will act as an anchor provided high water does not rise above the liquid level in the tank.
Propane Tanks After Flooding
Following a flood or high-water event, the urge to inspect everything and evaluate damage is natural. However, there are certain things to consider and steps to be taken prior to starting propane gas service if your tank appears to have safely weathered the flood. For the safety of you and your family, be sure that all propane-related issues are handled by a licensed propane company. Additional safety precautions include:
- If you smell propane gas, leave the area immediately and contact your propane company or Fire
- Department to inform them of the situation.
- Notify your propane company if flooding occurred in your area and you were ordered to evacuate.
- DO NOT open your propane tank service valve. A propane leak test is required before the gas system can be placed back into service.
- If your propane tank has moved, do not attempt to move it. This is a job for LP Gas professionals.
- Be sure that you inform your propane company of your return, if you were ordered to evacuate. Propanecompanies will respond promptly upon notification of propane tanks and homes affected by flooding.
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