Today’s focus for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness is Flash Flooding

Today for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness week we look into Flash Flooding. Flash flooding occurs when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen with little or no warning. … During heavy rain, the storm drains can become overwhelmed and flood roads and buildings.

Flash flooding can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or sudden release of water…. Most flash flooding is caused by slow-moving thunderstorms with heavy rain downfall, thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same area, or heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling.

A foot of water will float many vehicles.

Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, water 1 foot deep typically exerts 500 pounds of lateral force on a vehicle.

Once your vehicle is floating, the floodwater becomes your steering wheel. If that water is moving, your vehicle could be swept away, tipped on its side or flipped.

Rising water can enter your vehicle in a manner of minutes, even seconds.

Steps for safety during a Flash Flood –
1 – Get to higher ground and away from areas subject to flooding.
2 – Do NOT drive or walk into flooded areas. Remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN
3 – Stay informed by your local news, weather radio, internet and social media for updates on flooded areas.