- Listen to the radio or television for information.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
- Secure your home. Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and if you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
- Do not walk through moving water greater than six inches and do not drive into flooded areas. Most flood deaths occur due to driving through flooded areas. Turn around and seek an alternate route.
- Rule #1 about driving in high water is, DON’T!!
- You cannot be sure of the depth of the water or of the condition of the road underneath
- Just 6” of water can stall a vehicle (sometime less)
- A typical vehicle can be floated in just 12” of water
- Larger vehicles can be swept away in 24” of water
Turn Around, Don’t Drown ®
If your vehicle becomes stranded, get out and immediately head for higher ground.