Flash Flood Facts!
As severe spring weather begins to come into our region, it is wise to understand the importance of flash floods. A flood watch is issued when flooding is possible within the watch area. A flash flood is a rapid rise of water along a stream or low-lying area. They can be produced when slow-moving or multiple thunderstorms occur in the same place. A significant number of deaths occur due to flooding more than any other hazard related to thunderstorms. Accidents resulting in death commonly happen when vehicles are driven into hazardous floodwaters. It is essential to be aware of many of the possible hazards and precautions to take during a flood watch or warning, including:
- Gather emergency supplies, including food and water
- Listen to your local radio or TV station for updates
- Have immunization records handy
- Bring in outdoor possessions
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately
- Only drive if necessary, since only two feet of water can float most vehicles
- Do not cross flowing streams where water is above your ankles
- Do not drive through a flooded road
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams or washes
- Do not drive around a barricade as they are there for your protection
- Be especially cautious at nights as it is harder to recognize
Let’s welcome Spring 2022 safely!
SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill