How To Survive Flashfloods

Written by on June 4, 2018 in News Flash with 0 Comments

Nature has been there with all its force since the inception of this universe. As humankind evolved over the years, they learned to take nature on its face. From volcanoes to quakes, to tsunamis, humans have seen it all. Although we as humans are not healthy enough to fight everything that nature brings our way, we can still work to prevent a lot of damages. We have learned to make stronger structures that can withstand tremors and safer shelters to combat nature’s calamities. Many people believe that nature; disasters are a thing of small villages and towns and vast metropolis are developed enough to deal with it.  The recent flash floods in North Carolina are a classic example proving the myth wrong.

Flash floods are one of the more common yet very threatening natural disasters. One reason why this form of a calamity is underrated and is not taken as seriously as hurricanes or quakes is because they occur as a result of unusually high rainfall and do not give out the scary optics of falling buildings or molten lava.

Moreover, contrary to popular myth, flash floods can even occur without any visible torrential rains. In fact, the flash floods mean rapid inundation of water in an area beyond its capacity to absorb. The reason why this is usually associated with heavy rainfall is that often, only torrential rains bring such a situation.  For this reason, many people especially those in urban centers undermine the damages that flash floods can do.

Despite a decent infrastructure in place, the ongoing flash floods in North Carolina has left five dead, and life has virtually come to a standstill. Fortunately, the same nature has blessed humans with a mind that can innovate. With some wise planning and appropriate precautions, one can easily survive the flash floods.

Pay Attention to Warnings

According to Prepper news in most circumstances, met departments will give out flash flood warnings in advance.  If you notice an unusually heavy downpour in your area, activate necessary weather apps on your smartphone to get any flashflood alert that might be possible. A warning can be a huge blessing as you will have ample time to take necessary measures before the situation gets worse.

Do Not Cross the Pools

Whether you are on foot or in a vehicle, never attempt to cross a pool of water. Ponds and puddles of stagnant water on the streets is one of the most common sights in heavy rainfall conditions. Many motorists and even people on foot underestimate its power. If flash floods are happening, these pools can have an underwater current which can sweep you away. There have also been cases where water got into the car engine, and the whole vehicle got swept away.

Stuck on Foot

If you are out somewhere on your own and you find yourself stuck in a flash flood, do not haste to cross the waters. The water could be either too deep, can have currents or there could be power lines in the water which can get you electrocuted. If you have access to your phone, your best bet is to call 911 and let the rescue teams help you. Meanwhile stay at a place that appears to have the shallowest level of water. If possible, find a wooden stick to check the depth of water before you step ahead. Steer clear of any powerlines close by and carry small children in your arms.



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