Severe weather here in the Hudson Valley – especially in the late winter and early spring – can lead to dangerous flooding that can damage your home and affect your propane systems. But with a little preparation, you can avoid many of the dangers that flooding can bring.
Here are some guidelines to safely prepare for and respond to floods.
Before a flood
If you live in a low-lying or flood prone area, take the following precautions if your property is at risk:
If you have an aboveground propane tank, do not install it at the lowest point of your property, or in an area prone to high water.
Use anchor cables to secure aboveground tanks to a solid foundation such as a concrete pad or blocks.
Keep a picture of your propane tank manufacturer’s nameplate in case the propane tank is loosened from its moorings during the flood.
If you need to close the propane tank service valve, turn it clockwise; just remember that any disruption in propane service requires a pressure-test by licensed propane professionals before propane appliances can be used again.