Safety tips for flash flooding

 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – In a flash, you can go from a nice day to a frightening situation. Here are tips on how to handle a flash flood.  

Flooding is one of the biggest national issues during this time. On average, flash flooding kills 140 people each year in the U.S.  

According to the Missouri State Emergency Agency (SEMA), one of the biggest problems is driving when a flash flood occurs.  

From 2015 to 2019, 34 of Missouri’s 39 flooding deaths were people who were in vehicles according to SEMA.  

A couple of tips to use when you are driving and a flash flood occurs. 

  • Never expect barriers to block off flooded water – floodwaters often rise so quickly authorities can not close a road in time. 
  • Be alert for high water whenever flash flooding is in the forecast. Slow down when visibility is limited. 
  • Don’t drive if you don’t have to when flash flooding is occurring in your area. 
  • Never be tempted to drive into floodwater because it appears shallow. Less than a foot of moving water is enough to push a vehicle. 
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