The flooding in Texas, Mississippi, and New Orleans has displaced many people and placed others in grave danger. One danger we see now occurring is flash flooding. This type of flood occurs suddenly, with little or no warning, and can be disastrous. Areas can be safe one minute and flooded by a raging current of water the next. Flash flood waters move incredibly fast and with a tremendous amount of force. They can push boulders, tear down trees, and destroy buildings, roads, and bridges. Walls of water can reach 10 to 20 feet high very quickly and without warning. To avoid becoming injured or even killed by a flash flood it is essential that you know and following precautions:
- Prevent children from playing in high water or storm drains.
- Stay out of low areas.
- Be familiar with the land features where you live, work, and play.
- Know where high ground is and how to get there quickly.
- Don’t try to drive through water.
There are signs you can watch for tell if flash flooding is possible:
- Unusually hard rain over several hours.
- Steady substantial rain over several days.
- A tropical system affecting your area.
- A weather report of severe weather or a flash flood watch.
- Water rising rapidly in streams and rivers.