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Flash Flooding Safety Rules

Flash floods are prevalent and dangerous during Spring snow melt and rains. Flash flood safety rules are critical to vehicle, people and pet activities.

Snow melts during Spring thaw resulting in heavy rains often bring bring dangerous flash floods. Heavy Spring rains or Thunderstorm activity can also cause flash floods. Whatever the cause, flash floods are dangerous to vehicles, and people and pets riding in them as well as pedestrians and pets on foot.  Knowing the rules for staying safe from storm water is important for everyone’s safety.

Flash Flood Dangers

It can take only six inches of fast-moving flood waters, in streets, streams, river-crossings, hike and bike trails, or outdoor paths, to knock you off of your feet and not much more to wash your vehicle away.  Always keep this in mind.

Heavy rains that create the flash flood waters move between six to 12 miles per hour.  At these speeds it takes only a few inches of water for any Texas-sized truck to float. When that buoyancy, or floating, happens, even with the tires in constant contact with the pavement beneath them, the flood water’s force can often push the truck sideways to disaster for the truck and its inhabitants.

Rules For Keeping Safe From Storm-water

  1. Constantly check a radio or TV news source for vital weather related information. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent source and special radios for receiving their emergency broadcasts are available at retailers.
  2. Move quickly to a higher ground area if flooding occurs. Get out of those land areas that are subject to flooding, including low spots, dips, canyons, washes and other man made or natural low terrain.
  3. Stay away from areas already flooding, especially if fast-flowing water is visible. Never attempt to cross low-water crossings or flowing streams.
  4. Always avoid driving through flooded roadways as non-visible roadbeds may be washed out under flood waters. Should your vehicle become caught in any rising water, exit and leave it quickly and move as fast as possible to higher ground.
  5. Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes during threatening weather conditions.
  6. Be very cautious at night when there is low visibility and it is harder to recognize and see flood dangers. The dry low-water crossing you passed over before camping for the night can rise dangerously in only a few hours of flash flood conditions in nearby hills or mountains.

Learn and follow these flash flood safety rules and you just may save you or a loved ones life.

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