Severe Weather Extra: Floods

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Just 6" of moving water can knock you off your feet

(WYTV) – Floods are the deadliest weather phenomena, and many times they occur because of tropical storm landfall.

A regular flood comes from prolonged rains, but a flash flood is a flood that happens very quickly.

Standing water on a road is dangerous because you don’t know how deep it is. A bigger threat is moving water. If you’ve ever been in the ocean or in a wave pool, you know how powerful moving water can be.

Just 6″ of moving water can knock a person off their feet, 12″ could turn a car or SUV into a boat, possibly flipping the car over and 18″ is enough to move large commercial trucks off its wheels.

Here are some tips to consider during a flood or flash flood:

  • Turn around, don’t drown. Never try to pass over a heavily-flooded road.
  • Know if you live in a flood plain.
  • Check to see if you have flood insurance.
  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris and they are working properly.
  • Have a charged cell phone in the car if traveling after heavy rain events.

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