While the monsoon season officially stared a couple of weeks ago, storms can develop at any time.
More deaths occur each year due to flooding than from any other storm-related hazard because people simply underestimate the power of water. It is important to know that washes can continue to run heavily for extended periods of time after rain has subsided due to run-off from the mountains.
Some tips to remember are:
- Avoid all water crossings
- Flash floods start and end very quickly.
- Never drive through flooded roadways.
- Do not drive around barricades, which is illegal and dangerous.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and stalling.
- Moving water one to two feet deep will carry away most vehicles.
- Be especially cautious at night when road flooding and water crossings are especially difficult to see.
In the event of heavy rains and potential flooding free sandbags will be provided to area residents. Citizens need to bring necessary tools to fill their own bags and arrange pickup and delivery.
In addition to monsoon storms, there are also threats microbursts, strong winds, lightning and risk of power outages. Be prepared by following these steps before the storms hit:
- Securing objects ahead of time to prevent them from blowing away.
- Trimming potentially damaging trees or tree limbs.
- Remember that no place outside is safe from lightning during a thunderstorm.
- Preparing a 72-hour emergency supply kit with plenty of water and non-perishable food to last three days without electrical power, which may affect running water.
For more information on monsoon safety please visit http://monsoonsafety.org.
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