Flash floods and floods are the #1 weather-related killer with around 140 deaths recorded in the U.S. each year. Early spring & fall are associated with heavy rainfall & flash flooding. Follow these basic rules so you don’t become a statistic.
Flash Flood Safety Rules:
- If ordered to evacuate or if rising water is threatening, leave immediately and get to higher ground!
If Caught Outdoors:
- Go to higher ground immediately! Avoid small rivers or streams, low spots, canyons, dry riverbeds, etc.
- Do not try to walk through flowing water more than ankle deep.
- Do not allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains or other flooded areas.
If In a Vehicle:
- DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur when people drive through flooded areas.
Water only one foot deep can displace 1500 lbs. Two feet of water can EASILY carry most automobiles. Roadways concealed by floodwaters may not be intact.
Contact: Paula Cain, Emergency Management Director, 767-0380