Every year there are floods and storms all across the United States. Some are severe, some light, and some do moderate damage. The storm that is currently hitting the southern states is very severe, and is one that will make the history books due to the death and damage it is bringing. Some places in the south have seen up to 20 inches of rain in a matter of days, with thousands of homes and businesses being evacuated from Illinois to Louisiana and reaching as far as Texas. At least 3 people have lost their lives to flash floods and high winds and tornadoes (EF1 to EF3) have made many buildings unsalvageable. Flash flood warnings have been issued in 9 states, although more states are still being affected by the wind and rain. This rain is setting historic flood water levels as well as rainfall levels, with historic flooding in many areas. There are several ways to stay safe if caught in an area with flooding and severe storms:
- Stay tuned into the weather channel or local news. Being aware of what is coming is the best way to know if its time to leave or if the storm will be mild enough to do minor damage.
- If flooding is occurring get to higher ground. Homes and personal items might seem important, but if the waters are rising its important to leave the home for higher ground. Material items can be replaced but peoples lives cannot.
- Listen to your local authorities. If the authorities advise you to leave, they are doing so with your safety in mind.
- Have an emergency kit. With flooding taking out power and damaging hospitals, its important to have a kit to get you through the time you have to wait until help comes. A flashlight and poncho will make the world of difference if you have no power or are stuck outside.
- Never drive or wade through flood waters. There could be dangerous chemicals or debris in the water, and the water could easily submerge your car in a short time.
Click on the links below to read about these historic storms: