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Floods

Whether you are driving or walking if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown® , You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.

Why are there so many fatalities from flooding?

Most people fail to realize the power of water. For example, six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet.

While the number of fatalities can vary dramatically with weather conditions from year to year, the national 30-year average for flood deaths is 127. That compares with a 30-year average of 73 deaths for lightning, 65 for tornadoes and 16 for hurricanes.

What the National Weather Service data shows
  • Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

  • The majority of victims are males.

  • Flood deaths affect all age groups. Most flash floods are caused by slow-moving thunderstorms, thunderstorms that move repeatedly over the same area or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes.

    Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet or more. Furthermore, flash flood-producing rains can also trigger catastrophic mud slides. 

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.

  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.

  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.

  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown ® If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown ®

  • Know your flood risk.

  • Make a flood emergency plan.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

  • Consider buying flood insurance.

  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.

  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.