When the winter weather begins to fade, many of us welcome spring with open arms. While warm sunshine and the return of outdoor activities is refreshing, spring can also bring torrential rains with some tragic results. In fact, floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States, with total flood claims averaging $1.9 billion annually over the past decade. If you are in an area that is prone to flooding or even if there is the remote possibility of high water, here are several tips to prepare and keep your family safe.
What You Need to Know About Floods
If your area has flooded in the past or is expecting periods of heavy rain, know the signs of possible trouble. Flooding will often occur after heavy snow thaws, following a hurricane, or after several days of heavy rain. A flash flood can happen quickly when water rises in a low-lying area or along a body of water.
Stay tuned to your local news or the National Weather Service's flood warning system. If you hear that there is a "flash flood watch," that means that a flood is possible. If you learn that there is a "flash flood warning," that means that flooding is already happening or is imminent and you should take precautions.