FLASH FLOODS: Tips for pedestrians and vehicles


Flash floods are rapid flooding of low – lying areas, caused by heavy rain in a short time. Streets can become fast – moving rivers, creating great danger for pedestrians and drivers. Floods are deadly and fast moving and can occur with little or no warning.

PEDESTRIANS THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO DURING FLASH FLOODS · Avoid waking through floodwater that reaches above your ankles. · Be aware of flooded electrical connections. · Be aware that beneath the water the road surface may be washed away. · Do not walk into or near high water. THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD DO DURING FLASH FLOODS · Move to high ground and stay there. · Avoid walking through flood waters. If it is moving fast, even shallow water can sweep you off your feet. · Help neighbours who need special assistance – babies, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities. · If told to leave by authorities, do so immediately. · Keep children from drainage ditches and storm water drains. · If you are outdoors and flash flooding is likely, get to higher ground immediately. You cannot outrun a flash flood. VEHICLES THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT DO DURING FLASH FLOODS · Avoid crossing flooded roads and allow extra time to reach your destination. · Driving through water will cause your car to float and lose contact with the road. · Do not drive around barricades and low water crossings. · Be aware that beneath the water the road surface may be washed away. · Avoid already flooded areas and high velocity flow areas. THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD DO DURING FLASH FLOODS · Drive with caution when it is raining. · Move to high ground and stay there. · Be especially careful at night, or when traveling on unfamiliar roads. · Cars can easily stall in water. If your car stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground. · Vehicles can be swept away even by shallow water.

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