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Sunday, June 27, 2010


Flood/Flash Flood Facts -
- Average of nearly 100 fatalities each year, nationwide.
- Number one cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, nationwide.
- Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.
- Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet
- A water depth of two feet will cause most vehicles to float.


- If flooding occurs, move to higher ground, away from areas subject to flooding such as dips in roads, low spots, canyons, and washes.
- Avoid areas already flooded and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Never drive through flooded roadways, as the roadbed under the flood-waters may be washed out.

Flash Flood Safety in Slot Canyons
- Become familiar with the terrain and know your escape routes.
- Be aware that deadly flash flood waters can travel from many miles away with travel times of 10 hours or more.
- Always let someone know your itinerary.
- Don't enter slot canyons and rugged terrain during stormy or wet weather.
- Don't attempt to cross floodwaters by vehicle or on foot.
- Don't camp along streams and sashes if there is a threat of flooding.

Information also in our Guide to Personal and Family Preparedness handout.

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