Flooding Facts

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Flooding Facts

Flooding is the biggest severe weather killer, even more so than tornadoes. Most flash flood deaths happen at night. That’s when flooded roads are the hardest to see.

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Flood safety tips

1. Never try to walk through flowing water.

  • Six inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.

2. Never try to drive through a flooded road.

  • Only 18 inches can float a large SUV and even less for a smaller car.
  • You and your car can be swept into a deeper area.
  • You could easily find yourself trapped.

3. Avoid power lines and electrical wires.

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