How to Stay Safe if You're Caught in a Flash Flood

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Updated: 8/05 6:43 pm
With the strong possibility of rain in the forecast for the next several days across East Idaho, there is also a danger of flash flooding. Here are a few tips to keep you and yours safe if you run into the fast moving water.

The folks at Weather.com have compiled a list of how you can stay out of harms way. First, know the conditions and that flash floods can happen quickly and without warning. Second, don’t drive unless it’s absolutely necessary and if you do drive and run into a flooded roadway, turn around, water will hide the low spots in the road and the fact there may not even be any road there left at all. Lastly, if you end up stalled in a flash flood, abandon your car immediately. Captain Ryan O’Hearn with the Pocatello Fire Department says the best thing to do is to always remember how strong a little water can be.

“The most important thing for people to understand is just the power that moving water can have,” said Capt. O’Hearn. “The National Weather Service and FEMA talk about water as shallow as six inches being able to float some vehicles and actually move them across the roadway.”

To give a little context to what Capt. O’Hearn is talking about, six inches of water, is about as tall as a coffee mug and can reach the bottom of most passenger cars, a foot will float many vehicles, and two feet rushing water will sweep away most vehicles including SUV’s and pick-ups.

For more tips on how to keep your family safe, you can click here and here.

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