Flash Flooding: Don't Become a Victim


Photo by Steve Davis, Galesburg Register-Mail
Galesburg Flash Flood   May 28, 2013


 A flash flood is a rapid rise in creeks and streams, OR serious urban flooding, caused by heavy   rain from thunderstorms. Flash flooding poses a serious threat to life and property. In the state of Illinois, most flash floods occur during the summer, and usually at night. However, they have occurred in every month of the year, at all hours of the day.
Most flood related deaths occur in vehicles. Don’t drive around barricades or across flooded roads, especially if the water is moving rapidly. Flooded or washed out roads are especially difficult to see at night. It only takes 18 to 24 inches of water to cause most vehicles to float, tip over and then become submerged in the water. Back up, turn around, and take a different roadway.
Don’t ever let children play near storm drains, creeks or flooded areas. The water can easily knock them off of their feet, or can be contaminated with harmful objects. If you live near a creek or stream, evacuate to higher ground if the water rises rapidly OR if a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area.
Urban flooding is also potentially dangerous. Heavy rain that results in the flooding of streets, viaducts and underpasses in an urban area can pose a threat to motorists. Heavy rain can also result in basement flooding, ponding of water in low spots, and rapid flooding of storm sewer systems. 
March 17th through March 21st, 2014 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. For more information visit:  


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