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The Dangers of Flash Floods in Oxford, MS

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A view of the city is obstructed by a rain-covered window Flash floods can escalate quickly. Have a plan of what to do and where to go!

Flash flooding becomes a very real danger once an area experiences an overabundance of rain in a very short period of time.  The ground becomes overly saturated from the heavy rain, so it cannot absorb any more.  This causes water to rise and expand, which is how roadways become flooded and structures take on water.  Flash floods move very quickly and are very strong.  It only takes six inches of water to knock you down and sweep you away.  A foot of floodwater can do the same to a vehicle, so you should never walk or drive onto a flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service reports that flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.  These fatalities are overwhelmingly automobile-related.  You should never drive onto a water-covered roadway because you don't know the depth and speed of the water.  A car can be swept away before the driver even realizes the extent of the danger. 

Flash floods are more destructive in densely populated areas because more land is covered by roads and buildings.  Once the remaining ground is saturated, there is nowhere for the excess water to go, so it begins to rise.  Storm drains are often clogged with debris, which adds to the problem.  Low areas become extremely dangerous in situations like this.

Seek higher ground should your area fall under a Flash Flood Warning.  If asked to evacuate, do so immediately, because there is often not much time to react.  Seconds count.  Have a disaster plan in place for your family so you know what to do and where to go.  Practice it if your area is expecting heavy rains.  Above all, stay calm and stay safe.

Should your home or business be damaged due to a flash flood, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help.  Call us at 662-281-1881.  We're available 24/7 and will work with you to make it "Like it never even happened."

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