MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While much less common a threat, flooding can be one of nature's most widespread and devastating acts. There are two main types of flooding, and the main difference is time scale. A flood typically occurs over several days to a larger body of water such as a river, stream, or lake. A flash flood occurs much quicker, anywhere it can rain. Often, flash floods occur with heavy rainfall over a prolonged period of time. A flash flood can also occur at the breach of a levee or dam. Regardless, the waters associated with flooding can cause damage, injury, or death.
We're proving a few flood safety tips below to help you and your family stay safe.
-Turn Around, Don't Drown. It's as simple as four words. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route. Why? You don't know how deep the water is, if a road is even there anymore, or if the road will support your weight. Just don't do it.
-About 18-24" of water can float your car. This can take you into a greater danger zone. So again: Turn around, don't drown.
-If an area is barricaded, it's for a reason. Find an alternate route.
-Avoid electrical wires. Water can help conduct electricity, increasing your electrocution risk.
-Swift moving waters of 6", yeah a half a foot, can knock you off your feet and carry you into more danger. Don't walk in running water.
-Don't walk in flood waters. Debris, animals, and sewage can be lurking in those waters, which could lead to injury or death.
-If you live in a flood prone area, make sure you keep tune to the latest weather information and be ready to act.
-Remember, flood insurance is not usually part of your homeowner's insurance plan.
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