Flash floods can strike with little or no warning, which means that people caught in their path may have only minutes or seconds to save to reach a safe location
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage and severe weather repair and restoration service in the United States, is offering tips on safety protocols in the event of flash flood conditions. Flash floods account for the majority of flood related fatalities in the US each year, and occur year round, in all areas of the country.
Flash floods can strike with little or no warning, which means that people caught in their path may have only minutes or seconds to save to reach a safe location. Storm drains, culverts, and streams may be easily overrun in torrential rains, turning into otherwise calm locations into raging bodies of water. It takes only about six inches of moving water to knock a grown man off his feet.
A Flash Flood Watch means that heavy rains may cause flash flooding in certain areas. A Flash Flood Warning means that flash flooding is occurring or imminent for certain streams or in designated areas.
During conditions that are ripe for flooding, be sure to listen for signs of rain, thunder, or lightning. Knowing a storm is coming is vital, as it provides ample time to make preparations to move to shelter or higher ground. People are also advised to be more cautious at night, since it becomes more difficult to recognize dangerous scenarios such as flooded streets. Keep a safe distance from open channels, ditches, culverts, and gullies, and watch for rising water levels, and do not try to drive through any area with more than a few inches of water. Bridges and dips in the road may be especially hazardous. If water does begin to rise over the road, vehicles should be abandoned in favor of seeking higher ground. Most flash flood deaths are the result of people becoming trapped in their vehicles.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the top providers of water damage and severe weather repair and restoration, with contractors in more than 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.