In this section you will find:
- General information about flood emergencies.
- How to prepare for a flood emergency.
- Flood facts for driving.
- What to do in a flash flood.
ABOUT FLOOD EMERGENCIES
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, destroying thousands of homes and costing billions of dollars each year. No matter where you live, you should be prepared for a flood emergency — especially if you live near water, in a low-lying area or down-stream from a dam.
Floods can occur in different ways. Some develop slowly during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend following a heavy snow. Others, like flash floods, can happen very quickly, without any visible signs of rain. Even small streams and dry creek beds can overflow to produce flooding.
FLOOD PREPAREDNESS - GENERAL
Take the following steps to prepare for a flood emergency:
FLOOD FACTS FOR DRIVING
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
WHAT TO DO IN A FLASH FLOOD