This is Flood Awareness Week throughout the US. It comes not a moment too soon. Last month, California was inundated with flood conditions. Last week, it was in Georgia and places throughout the south and this weekend, the Mid Atlantic states felt the furry of rains, winds and melting snow. John Jensenius, is my friend from the NWS and he shares some important information:
– Respect the power of moving water
– Never try to drive, swim, walk or run through flowing waters.
– Keeps a safe distance from bans of rivers, streams and brooks. Water can rise quickly.
– Monitor small children when streams are high.
Stats from 2009:
– There were 49 flood/ flash flood deaths (well below normal).
– Most deaths (38) were from vehicles driving into flooded water
– Another 9 deaths were attributed to people walking or swimming in flood waters
– Finally, 2 death were people trying to rescue others
While last year we had significant draughts in many parts of the country that is not the case this year. In addition to brutal rains and winds, many areas have melting lakes and snow cover. So, be cautious. If you see running water, turn back.