Flash flooding is known to uproot trees, destroy bridges and even cause parked cars and homes to become mobile. Slow moving rainstorms cause creeks, rivers and banks to become overcome with water, quickly causing flooding.
Don’t risk driving in flooded areas
According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of flood-related fatalities involve vehicles. If you come across water-covered roads, turn around and access an alternative route.
Passenger vehicles can stall in only 6 inches of standing water. You do not want to be stranded in a rainstorm and risk damage to your vehicle. Most vehicles can float in waters of 2 feet or more. Depending on the direction of the floodwater, you could be directed toward a larger body of water. This could have fatal results.
You also should know your surroundings when traveling in potential flooding conditions. Keep your vehicle away from roads near rivers, streams or dams.
Protecting your home
A flooded home creates many hazardous risks to homeowners. Floodwater can contain many different types of bacteria and leave behind mold. Accidentally ingesting or even inhaling some of these materials can cause severe health problems, including gastrointestinal illness.
Defending your home against floods can be a costly investment but can save your belongings and help you avoid even more expensive repair costs.
Creating a barrier between your home and floodwater is the only way to keep water out. You can begin by installing flood-resistant doors or gates on your home. These items act as powerful defense measures while also maintaining an attractive appearance for everyday use.
Homeowner insurance policies rarely cover the costs of damage due to flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program reports flooding as the most common natural disaster in the country. It created $2.7 billion in losses in the first decade of this century.
Check with the NFIP to see if you live in a community that meets certain regulations to reduce flood risks. If so, you can acquire flood insurance, in addition to your standard homeowner’s insurance.