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An Examination of the Risks That Flash Floods Present | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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There are many ways that severe weather can cause dangerous scenarios, but when flash floods are possible, being as safe as possible is vital. Floods come in second for causes of weather-related deaths in the country, and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood that there is.

There is little time to react when a flash flood is predicted, which is why it is vital to know what to do beforehand so you can make safe decisions once a flash flood warning is issued. Below, we will examine the risks and safety procedures for a flash flood so you can have peace of mind.

How Risky Are Flash Floods?

No matter what type of flood you may encounter, avoidance is always advised—but because flash floods come about so suddenly, there is often little room for mistake. Flash floods must occur within six hours of rainfall by definition, but generally, they occur much more quickly than that and give little indication that they are likely to begin.

How Will I Know if I Should Be Concerned About a Flash Flood?

If a flash flood becomes a possibility, you should always stay tuned into your local weather officials’ broadcast so you have as much notice as possible. If you are alerted to a flash flood watch, this means to stay alert but do not panic.

This can then escalate to a warning, meaning flash floods are imminent in the impacted area and you should move to high ground. For a flash flood emergency, a flash flood is likely only moments away and you should get to a higher spot immediately.

How Can I Stay Safer in the Event of a Flash Flood?

Being able to make decisions quickly and be sure you are doing the safest thing is key for flash flood evacuation, which is why we have compiled some of the best safety tips we could find.

  • Always stay tuned into your local weather station so you can hear officials’ notices.
  • Practice your evacuation plan as a family beforehand.
  • Never attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters.
  • Avoid touching floodwater whenever possible.
  • Be aware of the various evacuation routes you can take in case water blocks your path.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

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