Causes of Flooding

  • Heavy rain over several days or intense rainfall in a short period.
  • Debris or ice jams blocking rivers or streams, causing overflow.
  • Failure of water control structures like levees or dams.

Flood-Prone Areas

  • Valleys, plains, canyons, swamplands, coasts, and near large bodies of water.
  • Hurricanes pose significant flooding risks, especially in saturated areas.

Before Floods

  • Stay informed through radio, TV, or cellphone alerts.
  • Differentiate between flood watch (possible flooding) and flood warning (flooding imminent).
  • Prepare an emergency survival kit with essentials for at least three days.
  • Clear drainage systems to prevent property damage.

Evacuate if Necessary

  • Head for higher ground immediately when a flood warning is issued.
  • Secure your home before evacuating, bringing essential items to higher floors.
  • Turn off utilities and disconnect electrical appliances to avoid hazards.

Flash Flooding

  • Act immediately if flash flooding is possible; move to higher ground.
  • Be cautious near streams, drainage channels, and canyons, where flash floods can occur suddenly.

Safety Precautions

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • If driving, do not attempt to cross flooded roads; turn around and find an alternate route.
  • Remember, even shallow floodwater can sweep away vehicles.

Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown!” Take flooding seriously and prioritize safety at all times.

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