Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flooding Awareness

With the possibility for excessive rain in the area today and through the month of April, flooding will be a major concern as rivers and streams begin to overflow their banks.

Each year more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other weather related events. Careless or unsuspecting motorists who try to drive through flooded roads cause many of these deaths.

Flash floods usually result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles including SUV’s and pick-ups.

Here are just a few ways to avoid these types of situations:

Flooded roads could have significant damage that is hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.

Barricades are put up in areas that are known to flood. Do not drive around the barricades.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. When it’s raining, make sure you drive with extra care since flooding hazards sometimes can’t be seen until it is too late.

Pay attention to the weather radio and television reports in order to help protect yourself.

If floodwaters rise around a car, abandoned it and move to higher ground if it can be done safely.

Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it.