Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to some part of the United States nearly every day of the year.
In April 2023, Florida saw more than 2 feet of rain in less than 24 hours. The most rain in such a short period than during any hurricane in recorded history. Nearly 1000 people calling to be rescued, some trapped in their cars.
(Sounds of water pouring into a parking garage)
Cell phone video showing water pouring through a parking garage.
Cars stranded in all directions.
From the east coast to the west, California with 12 atmospheric river storms this year.
Think it can’t happen in the Wabash Valley?
This is June, 2007 in Terre Haute and Vigo County. On the third and fourth, Terre Haute’s airport recorded 7 point 87 inches of rain. At WTWO those days a total of 13 point 25.
Flooding was widespread with flooded streets, boats needed to rescue the stranded. Levees failing and widespread damage to homes.
Flooding that severe doesn’t happen often her, but we are prone to flash flooding. A dangerous weather condition because it can happen quickly and at night, when it’s more difficult to see flooded areas.
Always stay alert and know your flood safety tips.
If you can, move to higher ground.
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.
1 foot of water will float vehicles.
2 feet of rushing water can carry most vehicles including SUVs.
Do not drive around a barricade.
Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
If you know what to do before, during, and after a flood you can increase your chances of survival and better protect your property.

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