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Why Are Flash Floods So Deadly?

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Any type of severe weather event should be taken seriously, but we urge people to exercise extra caution if flash flooding is a likely event. Flooding comes in second for the rate of weather-related fatalities in the country, with flash floods being the most dangerous type of flooding of all.

When flash floods become likely, it is important to do everything you can to stay safe. Flash floods come about extremely quickly, but knowing what to do in advance can help you stay as safe as possible.

The Reasons Why Flash Floods Cause So Much Danger

The main characteristic of a flash flood is how quickly it comes about, which is why it causes so much danger as well. By definition, flash floods begin within six hours of rainfall, and often occur in less than three. Being vigilant when a flash flood is possible is key, as they often come about with little notice to those who are in their path.

Making Sense of the Flash Flood Warning System

Staying looped into local weather alerts can go a long way in giving you notice in the event of a flash flood. If officials issue a watch, stay vigilant and alert for further instructions.

If this escalates to a warning, be sure you are ready to evacuate right away. If it becomes a flash flood emergency, get to a higher level of your home or area as quickly as possible.

Taking Steps to Safely Evacuate From a Flash Flood

Understanding how to stay safe when evacuating from a flash flood is vital, as you will likely have to make decisions rapidly to get out of harm’s way. Here are some of the top safety tips we have:

  • Stay tuned into the alerts from your local weather officials.
  • Practice your evacuation plan ahead of time so you can execute it quickly.
  • Avoid roads or paths that are flooded.
  • Never allow children to go near floodwater.
  • Have several evacuation routes in mind in case some become flooded.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

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