Every day, WeatherNation brings you weather information to keep you safe. Every week, John Van Pelt helps get you prepared long before bad weather hits. This week we are talking about the dangers of long term flooding.
Q: We know that coming in behind heat, which is number one, flooding is the number two weather related killer in the U.S. What are the different kinds of flooding we need to be aware of?
Flash flooding is caused by thunderstorms inundating an area with several inches of rain in a short period of time. Tropical flooding is related to Tropical Cyclones bringing extreme amounts of storm surge and fresh water flooding. Areal and river flooding take longer periods to happen and cover larger areas.
Q: So when we see flood watches and other alerts being raised for where we are, what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our families?
A watch means flooding is possible, a warning means it’s time to take immediate action. Seek higher ground and stay as far from flood waters as possible. Watch out for downed or live power lines. Never drive through flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown! Stay weather aware and have a safety plan, kit in place.
Q: Many people think that since they’ve never experienced a flood at their home, that they never will… that’s not always true though, is it?
If it can rain, it can flood. Flood insurance is the first line of defense. For a small investment, you can be protected from these events.