Flash Floods is Severe Weather Awareness Week Friday Focus

The Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa topic for today (Fri) is Flash Floods.

Aimee Barritt is the Buena Vista County Emergency Management Coordinator…

According to the National Weather Service, flash flooding is the number one storm-related killer in the United States. Drowning of this nature is 100-percent preventable by simply not driving or walking onto flooding roads.

Data indicates that nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. Most vehicles will become difficult to control in as little as six inches of water, and can be swept away in 18 to 24 inches of water.

If flooding occurs, quickly move to higher ground. Stay out of areas subject to flooding including dips, low spots, and washes. Do not camp or park your vehicle in these areas, particularly during threatening conditions.

Go to ready.iowa.gov to get more information on severe weather preparedness.