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Why Do Flash Floods Become So Dangerous?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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The events surrounding severe weather always have the potential to cause harm, but few things are more dangerous than flash flooding. Second only to heat, floods cause the most weather-related fatalities in the country, with flash floods being the most hazardous type of flood out of all of them.

When a flash flood might occur, it is important to know exactly how to stay safe in the event that you must evacuate quickly. Knowing all about the dangers, the alert system and evacuation safety tips can help you protect your family from this dangerous circumstance.

The Dangerous Conditions Surrounding Flash Floods

The quickness with which flash floods occur are the main reason they are so much more dangerous than a regular flood scenario. Flash floods must start in under six hours after the rain begins by definition, but many come about much more quickly than this.

This means that people in the path of the flood will have little notice to get to safety, making acting quickly a vital component of safety.

Staying Aware of Weather Alerts in Case of a Flash Flood

Staying tuned into broadcasts from local weather officials will be the best source of real-time information in regards to the weather conditions. If a flash flood alert is issued, that simply means to stay alert and aware of changing conditions.

For a flash flood warning, begin evacuating and moving to higher ground with your family. If there is a flash flood emergency called, know that is extremely rare and get to higher ground via whatever means necessary.

Tips for Evacuating From Flash Floods Safely

Being able to protect yourself as you evacuate from a flash flood is extremely important, as there are many things that can go wrong as you act to quickly get to safety. Being aware of these tips in advance can help:

  • Keep your radio tuned to local weather alerts for real-time updates.
  • Have an evacuation plan that your household has practiced together.
  • Do not cross flooded paths or roads.
  • Prevent children from coming into contact with floodwater.
  • Be aware of several evacuation routes in your area in case some of them are blocked by water.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

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