Floods and flash flooding is the most common hazard in North Central Texas. Natural processes such as weather systems can cause flooding. Inadequate drainage, soil saturation, and dam failure can also cause flooding. More people die from flooding than any other severe weather related hazard. It only takes six inches of fast-moving floodwater to knock over an adult ad two feet to carry away most vehicles, including pickups and SUVs. Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Flash Flood vs Normal Flood
What’s the difference between a flash flood and a normal flood? Flash flooding occurs during heavy rain events and happens very quickly. It ends quickly as well. Regular flooding occurs as the result of a more prolonged rain event, lake overflow, or dam failure. It’s more gradual, more predictable, and lasts longer.
Flash Flood Safety Tips
- Avoid already flooded and high-velocity flow areas—don’t attempt to cross a flowing stream.
- Get out of areas subject to flooding, like dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
- Don’t camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches.
- Never drive through flooded roadways in case the roadbed is no longer intact.
- If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.