Flash Floods and Floods
- A flash flood occurs within a few hours (usually less than 6 hours) of heavy or excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure.
- Floods develop more slowly than flash floods, normally greater than 6 hours.
- More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. —TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
- Many flash flood fatalities occur at night.
- Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.
Learn your flood risk by entering your address in the Flood Smart widget, https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search #FloodSafety
Visit these links to learn more tips about preparing for floods in your area.