Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the US, and flash floods are among the most dangerous
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 15, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, is warning community residents on the dangers of flash flooding, particularly in areas where creeks and streams may be located. Severe weather season means strong potential for flooding, and proper precautions should be taken at all times.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the US, and flash floods are among the most dangerous. They form in a matter of minutes, and can move across the countryside at high velocity, wiping away livestock, vehicles, homes, and even people. There is often little warning, and people in the path of these floods in many cases have only seconds to take lifesaving action.
Creeks and streams are areas that are particularly dangerous, since it does not take long for surrounding property to be affected once they overflow their banks. It is recommended that these areas be avoided during periods of severe weather or long lasting torrential rainfall. One of the elements that makes flash flooding so dangerous is the speed with which they form and the velocity with which they move.
Creeks, streams, rivers, and canals are all sources of potential flash flooding problems, and residents in these areas should be prepared to move to higher ground immediately. It only takes about six inches of flowing water to knock a grown man off his feet, and less than two feet of water can float a full sized car.
It is never advisable to try and drive through any sort of overflowing stream, since flood waters are deceptive and the road beneath may have been ripped away. Most flash flood fatalities are the result of drivers becoming trapped in their vehicles. Drivers are advised to turn around, and if this is not possible, abandon the vehicle for higher ground.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.