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What Kinds of Dangers Result From Flash Floods? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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What Kinds of Dangers Result From Flash Floods? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Flash floods are an extremely dangerous weather event, more so than many other types of severe weather. As far as weather-related deaths go, floods are the second leading cause of fatalities, second only to heat. While all floods are extremely dangerous, flash floods create even more cause for concern.

Flash floods come about suddenly, and there is often little notice if one is on the way. Fortunately, if you know what to do ahead of time, you can make much safer choices if a flash flood becomes a threat so you can protect yourself and your family.

The Reason Why Flash Floods Are So Concerning

No matter what type of flood you may encounter, avoidance is always advised—but because flash floods come about so suddenly, there is often little room for mistake. Flash floods must occur within six hours of rainfall by definition, but generally, they occur much more quickly than that and give little indication that they are likely to begin.

The Weather Alerts Surrounding Flash Floods

If it is possible that a flash flood may come along, staying tuned into your weather alerts is the best thing you can do in order to have as much notice as possible if you are in danger. Officials will issue a flash flood watch if conditions are favorable for one to develop.

If there is a flash flood warning issued, that means that a flash flood is likely to occur (or is already occurring nearby) and you should get to safety quickly. If there is a flash flood emergency, get to high ground as fast as you can.

The Safety Tips to Keep in Mind for Flash Floods

Quick decision making is a must for a flash flood event, as you may only have moments to make choices if one is nearby. To help you determine what decisions will keep you and your family the safest, we have some of the best flash flood safety tips below.

  • Keep up with your local weather forecasts and any watches or warnings.
  • Be sure you and everyone in your household is aware of the evacuation plan.
  • Do not drive or travel through floodwater, even if it appears to be shallow.
  • Do not touch floodwater if it is possible to avoid it.
  • Have multiple paths for evacuation in mind in case water blocks your main exit.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

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