Today we will take a look at flash flood/flood safety rules. Whenever you come across a flooded area...the National Weather Service reminds you to Turn Around...Don’t Drown!
Each year in the United States...an average of 93 people are killed by flooding. Floods are one of the leading causes of weather related deaths across the United States. Knowing what to do when
a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area may save your life and the lives of your loved ones. When a flash flood is issued for your area act quickly...as you may have only minutes to move to safety.
Across Michigan ice jams on waterways may cause a rapid rise of water upstream from the jam. This can be followed by flash flooding downstream when the jam breaks. Broken ice moved by the current
toward shorelines can also inflict property damage.
Later in the spring and throughout the summer...flooding often results from excessive rain concentrated over a small area in a short period of time...or from widespread rains that continue for a lengthy period over a broad region...such as an entire river basin. The flooding that follows these events can quickly inundate large areas with standing water...leaving residents or motorists stranded...and threatening life and property.
When a flash flood warning is issued for your area...or flash flooding is observed...act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds! Simply stated...when you see a flooded area or roadway...Turn Around...Don’t Drown.
- Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes valleys...low spots...and washes.
- Avoid already flooded and quick water flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- If driving...be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. If you see water covering the road... Turn Around...Don’t Drown. Never drive through flooded roadways. The water can be deeper than it appears.
- If your vehicle stalls...leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember...it is better to be wet than dead!
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes... Particularly during threatening conditions.
When a flood warning is issued...
- Evacuate immediately if advised to do so.
- Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood waters.
- Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards...and other radio...television...and cable television stations for further details.
For more information...contact your nearest National Weather Service office or your local emergency management agency.
On Friday...we will discuss thunderstorm and lightning safety rules.