Know the Dangers of Flash Flooding

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.

About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning currently writes biweekly on his blog fredefanningauthor.com. His published works include the peer-reviewed book Basic Safety Administration-A Handbook for the New Safety Specialist. Fred also authored two editions of the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training and Documentation Principles that was published in the bestselling Safety Professional Handbook and the Safety Professional Handbook Management Applications. He coauthored the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training with Christine Fiori, Ph.D., PE, published in the bestselling Construction Safety Management and Engineering, second edition edited by Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. Fred also has several self-published books. He has a series called Fred’s Safety Shorts. This is a collection of twelve books on topics related to safety published with Kindle Direct Publishing. Fred self-published another six books using both CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has authored fifty-eight articles in various publications on the topics of safety and health and project management. Fred has earned several writing awards for his non-fiction work. Fred has one novel A Walk Among the Dead. He is working on his second Mystery at Devil’s Elbow.
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