How to stay safe in flooding


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — When in doubt, don’t drive through deep water.

That’s just one piece of advice from the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, which also says 18-24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off the road. “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,” according a press release.

Follow these safety rules when flooding occurs in your area:

  • 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 water.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.
  • 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.
  • Monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.

To learn more about how much flooding can cost you, go here. For more home and family safety tips visit the Protect Your Home in a FLASH blog.

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