Several in the community have asked how to deal with propane tanks that might have been floating in the flood waters after Florence.  First and foremost, if you smell gas, please contact your propane company or Public Safety immediately.

The following is an excerpt from an excellent article we found on Propane 101 that speaks to what you should do after a flood.

Following a flood or high water event, the urge to inspect everything and evaluate damage is of course 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. These are strictly for the safety of you and your family so 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 the fire department to inform them of the situation.
  • 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.
  • Notify your propane company if flooding occurred in your area and you were ordered to evacuate.

Propane companies will respond promptly upon notification of propane tanks and homes affected by flooding. Be sure that you inform your propane company of your return if you were ordered to evacuate.

Stepen Boyett, Village Building Inspector has also provided this helpful document titled Keeping your family safe, Important information about propane safety and hurricanes.