Why Flash Floods Are Such a Risky Component of Storms | SERVPRO® of Houston County
No matter what the situation, if there is severe weather occurring, it is important to prioritize safety and take it seriously—especially if flash flooding is involved. Floods cause the second-highest fatality rate of any weather event in the country, and flash floods are far more dangerous than any other type.
Because of how suddenly they can happen, flash floods are aptly named. People in the impacted areas are rarely provided more than a few moments of notice, and anything from roadway drains to runoff creeks can quickly overflow if the rain is heavy enough. Knowing the facts surrounding flash floods is key to keeping yourself protected.
The Differentiating Factors of Flash Floods
Though different types of floods carry different risks, as a whole, flash floods are the most dangerous due to their speed. Once rain starts, flash floods follow in under six hours, often in as little as three. Flash floods also happen in an extremely localized manner, often hurting urban areas and other places that do not typically have to be concerned with flood risk.
The Hierarchy of Flash Flood Alerts
Anytime there is severe weather, it is vital to pay attention to your local weather station for the most updated alerts possible. Flash floods happen suddenly, so while a flash flood watch indicates that there may be conditions present for a flash flood, when a flash flood warning is declared, you will only have moments to react in many cases. If there is a flash flood emergency issued, move to higher ground immediately.
The Flash Flood Safety Tips to Memorize
Because time is of the essence in the event of a flash flood, knowing the facts about safety is key to make sure you are able to act rapidly. Here are some of the tips everyone should know:
- When severe weather is possible, stay alert to weather broadcasts.
- Draft and practice an evacuation plan with your family.
- Never attempt to get across flooded areas, either on foot or in a vehicle.
- Limit contact with floodwater as much as possible due to contaminants.
- Plan your evacuation with multiple routes, as water can block roads quickly.
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.