So I totally missed what has been designated as Flood Awareness Week. (3rd week in March.) But here in New England we have just now had the weather start to cooperate with us to really start the snow and ice melting, so it won’t be long before the flooding risk happens and while that week was designed to help promote flood preparedness to both home and business owners, it’s not too late to read on!
While rising stream and river banks can signify the end of winter and the beginning of spring, it’s important to remember that they can rise VERY fast and can be VERY dangerous. The American Red Cross warns that floods can cause more damage than any other weather related disaster in the US. They have a couple of really good safety tips to share:
- Stay away from the floodwaters! (I know, this seems pretty obvious but we’ve all seen those daredevils on the news trying to get as close as possible to the edge right?!). Even 6 inches of fast-moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around! (Again, common sense but not everyone has an abundance of it!). 2 feet of water can sweep a car away, so back off!
- Keep pets and children out of the water! It maybe contaminated and while fun to splash in, it’s not fun (and potentially harmful) to be splashed with unclean/safe water.
The National Weather Service has tons more info at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/ so go and check it out! I’ll be happy when the flood danger time has passed ~ but honestly it will be more because that will mean the snow and ice are gone!