Flooding Dangers


With so much flooding happening recently, and all to come this weekend, I just want to remind everyone of how important it is NOT to drive through floodwaters.   The dangers associated with flooding are very real.   I’m sure a lot of you have heard of “Turn Around Don’t Drown”, but it never ceases to amaze me the people that continue to risk their lives by driving through flood waters.  Here are some things to keep in mind about flooding.

* Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
* Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.  The surface may look fine, but there may be no support underneath.
* Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
* If you must evacuate your home, secure your home and if possible, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
* Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
* Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.  Water weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot.  If your car stalls, all force will be transferred to your car.  So one foot of water = about 500 pounds of force applied to your car. At two feet deep, most passenger cars will be swept away.  Once off of the road surface, your car will sink into a ditch.  There may also be things submerged under the water surface that you can’t see that your car could get stuck on.                                                                                                                                                                                                 * Please also remember, that when you put yourself in a position to be rescued, others are risking their life for you.  Its best to just not put anyone in danger.

I hope none of you have to experience flooding, but if you do, please watch out for yourself and others, and just don’t get out if you don’t absolutely have to.