Author | Joseph Gross
As I am typing this, there is a wintery mix outside that has not stopped for the last four days. People here in Colorado are getting flashbacks to the floods of 2013, when persistent rains fell for about a week. In this just a few days in September, many areas got as much rainfall as they get in an entire year. The saturated grounds could not hold, and flash floods devastated 17 counties and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
The power of water can be great and, well, powerful. The Gulf Coast, though no stranger to rain and flooding, has been reminded of this with a string of recent tragedies. In my mind, just one death due to flooding is too much and in most cases can be avoided.
More than half of flooding deaths occur in a vehicle. The graphic above provided by NOAA speaks volumes, better than anything I can say to you. Please take a minute to share the following information with your family, friends and co-workers. It may save a life one day.
- If you don’t know how deep water is, please do not attempt to walk or drive through it.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
- Be prepared, and make a flood plan before you are at risk.
Additionally, if you as an individual were affected by the floods in Texas, Mississippi or Louisiana in the last couple of months, you may be eligible for individual disaster aid. Please contact FEMA for more details at disasterassistance.gov, 1-800-621-3362, 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) or visit a local disaster recovery center. If you have experiencing difficulty locating the correct avenue for assistance please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to assist you.
If you are a local government that has been affected by the floods in Texas, Mississippi or Louisiana in the last couple of months, please download our “Key to Recovery” and contact me directly at email@example.com to discuss how we can work together to maximize your recovery.
I also invite all of you to follow me on twitter @JoeAtCDRMaguire for more helpful tips, updated weather alerts, notifications for new blog posts and more.
Thanks for reading and as always be prepared, be safe.
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