More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane-related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads. FLASH and
the National Weather Service warn anyone who comes to a flooded roadway, “Turn Around…Don’t Drown!”
Follow these safety rules:
■ If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots,
valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
■ Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six
inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
■ Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the
■ Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on
flooded roads. Water only two feet deep can float away most automobiles.
■ Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
■ Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
■ Purchase and monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or visit http://www.flashweatheralerts.org to download a severe weather alerts App for your iOS or Android powered device.