Hundreds of water rescues have been reported across the Central and Southern U.S. this month.
With the threat of flash flooding continuing across the South this week, it’s important to review some safety tips that could save your life.
Gripping body cam footage of a water rescue near Austin, Texas.
The rescue was performed last week by the Austin Police Department.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 8, 2019
We’ve all heard the saying, “turn around, don’t drown,” but there are a few more important things you should review from FEMA:
- Do not walk or drive through flood waters
- Avoid driving over bridges that have fast-moving flood waters below. The rushing water can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
- It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet and two feet of rushing water carries away most vehicles
- A Flash Flood Warning mean flash flooding is occurring or about to occur in your area. If there is a chance of flash flooding where you are, move to higher ground immediately! Don’t wait until the water starts to rise to evacuate
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 3, 2019
Stay with WeatherNation all week for updated forecasts as flooding is expected to continue through the weekend.