Q: How do I stay safe during a flash flood?
A: Flash flooding can be extremely dangerous and typically causes power outages, infrastructure damage, and even landslides. If you're ever in a situation where there's heavy rainfall in a short period of time, here are some simple tips to help you stay safe during a flash flood:
- Don't put yourself in a low spot: Any low ground is dangerous during a flash flood because the water will rush downward. This means you should avoid your basement, or if you aren't at home, any underpasses or ditches.
- Don't attempt to walk through flood water: It's almost impossible to know how deep flood water is or what's at the bottom of the water. If there's ever a body of flood water in your way, figure out a way around it rather than through it. If you have to walk through it, try using a stick or other object to test the depth.
- Don't attempt to drive through flood water: If the water is too deep to drive through (i.e., it rises to the level of your car), don't attempt to drive through it. Turn around so you don't cause damage to your car or get stranded.
These tips will keep you safe whether you're in your home when a flash flood strikes or on the go. If you don't have a flood insurance policy, speak with your independent insurance agent to learn more about your coverage options (or if coverage is required).