Stay Prepared for Flash Flooding

Flash flooding

Warm spring air brings rain and thunderstorms, which is why it’s important to be mindful of the dangers of flash flooding this time of year.

Flash flooding typically occurs when there is excessive rainfall, intense rainfall over a short period of time or extensive snowmelt. In the U.S., 75 percent of all declared disasters involve flooding, and it’s the No. 1 storm-related cause of death. About two feet of moving water can sweep a truck away. 

Flash floods happen quickly and sometimes without warning, making it easy to catch people off guard. It’s dangerous to get caught in this situation, so it’s crucial to be prepared before it happens. Here are a few tips to stay safe:

  • Monitor the local weather for heavy rain or sign up to receive weather alerts
  • Use caution driving at night after heavy rain; it’s more difficult to see flooded areas
  • Never drive through flooded areas 
  • If you find yourself in a flooded area, find the highest ground. Stay there until help arrives or it’s safe to move

Be smart and play it safe. If you ever come to a flooded road, remember: Turn around, don’t drown. 

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