Flood safety: What you need to know

By Audrey Williams

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- April showers may bring may flowers, but they are also bringing strong storms, heavy rain, water over roadways and in basements.

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to take extra precaution when on the roads.

"We really recommend that people are slowing down and paying attention during this time. You always want to use a greater following distance from the vehicles ahead of you when the weather is inclement," said Trooper Dustin Pierce.

Pierce also said do not drive through any water going over roadways, "You can't tell by looking at the water how deep the water is. It only takes about 12 inches of water to sweep the average vehicle off the roadway."

Anne Fox with the Central Illinois American Red Cross says walking through flood water can be just as dangerous.

"If you're walking, its much like driving, don't get in moving flood water because it takes very little to start a human being washing them down the street or a stream, whatever it might be," said Fox.

For some families in Central Illinois that water will be where it's not supposed to be. Jason Fletcher with Servpro said their already seeing issues.

Fletcher said, "The biggest thing is the ground is so saturated there's no where for the water to go and we will see a lot of groundwater runoff with this process that's going on and sump pumps are going to be worked extremely, extremely hard and many have already been worked extremely hard this spring and quite frankly, weren't hardly used last year whatsoever."

Servpro crews will be working 'round the clock in this storm.

Fletcher said if you a homeowner is having issues there are things you can do to prevent further damage, "Anything that would have color in it on carpet, get that up, remove that. Any furniture you've got raise it up off the floor, either put 2x4s under it or put tinfoil underneath the legs of furniture."

Fox with the Red Cross said volunteers will be standing by if they are needed. She encourages everyone to keep their eyes to the skies.

"Keep tuned to their tv and their radio, watch the conditions, stay away from flood water, keep yourself and your children safe," said Fox.