Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Propane Tanks

Department of Natural Resources fact sheet
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Department of Natural Resources Director: Sara Parker Pauley
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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources urges citizens in flood-prone areas to secure propane tanks properly and mark the tanks to help identify them and avoid safety problems in the event of local flooding.

Unsecured propane tanks can float, and can be carried away by flood waters. Flood waters can be much more powerful than the strength of connecting pipe or tubing, and may cause a propane tank to float off its foundation if it is not secured.

If a business or citizen is in an area that may be affected by flooding and has a propane tank, the following actions are recommended.

Before the storm or flood:

If you have to evacuate to higher ground:

After the storm or flood: