Do you know what to do if you see water crossing
over a roadway?
Flash floods and floods are the #1 weather - related
killer with around 140 deaths recorded in the U.S. each
year. In the picture above, the man and his child were
swept away in their truck by water flowing over a roadway,
before being rescued at the last minute.
Flash flood safety rules:
If ordered to evacuate or if rising water is
threatening, leave immediately and get to higher ground!
IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS:
Go to higher ground immediately! Avoid small
rivers or streams, low spots, canyons, dry riverbeds,
Do not try to walk through flowing water more
than ankle deep!
Do not allow children to play around streams,
drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains, or other
IF IN A VEHICLE:
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS!
Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The
large majority of deaths due to flash flooding are due
to people driving through flooded areas. Water only
one foot deep can displace 1,500 lbs! Two feet of water
can EASILY carry most automobiles! Roadways concealed
by floodwaters may not be intact, and water may actually
be deeper than it appears.