Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related death. Deaths occur not only from getting caught in the swift moving waters but also from family members and other Good Samaritans desperately trying to save them.
Fast flowing water is deceptive. Even just 6 inches of fast flowing water is enough to sweep you off of your feet. From there, you will be swept downstream.
Vehicles, no matter how heavy they are, are not immune to being swept away by swift moving water. Heavy trucks can be swept away in less than 2 feet. Seventy percent of all flood-related fatalities are in vehicles which is why it is essential not to drive a vehicle into a flooded area.
If you happen to find yourself caught in fast moving water, remember these tips.
- Remain calm.
- Try and float on your back with your legs straight and your feet point downstream.
- Use your legs to shove yourself away from obstructions in the water.
- Keep your head up so you can see where you are going.
- Watch for obstacles and debris.
- If you see a tree or any other stationary object forcing water to go over the top of it, flip onto your stomach and approach the obstacle head-on so that you can crawl over it and prevent yourself from getting pinned.