With the threat of flash flooding in the forecast Friday evening into Saturday morning, it’s important to review some safety tips that could be lifesaving!
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
For WeatherNation, I’m Meredith Garofalo