Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer where nearly half of flash-flooding related deaths involve vehicles. Some floods develop slowly, sometime over a period of days; however, flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes, and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries a deadly cargo of roucks, mud, and other debris that can sweep away most things in its path. Other hidden dangers include fire ants, snakes, drainage pipes, weakened road and bridges, and contaminated water due to broken gasoline or sewer lines.
- Regular home-owner’s insurance does not cover flood losses. Consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
- If your home is prone to flooding, move your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors.
- Be aware of flash flooding.
- Avoid low-lying areas such as canyons and drainage channels.
- Do not drive through flooded areas – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground.