Severe Weather Prep: Flooding
This week, March 15th - March 21st, is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.
Often times when people think of severe weather here in Michiana, they think of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail. One that is not usually top of mind but can be just as dangerous and costly is flooding.
Just two years ago, in February of 2018, many communities in the area near rivers experienced historic flooding. The combination of multiple days of rain and melted snow caused rivers to flood over into streets, homes and businesses.
Flooding can be caused from heavy rain, multiple days of rain, ice jams, snow melt or dam breaks.
Flash flooding occurs left often but can be more dangerous or even deadly. Water adds up quickly in a short period of time, leading to flooded streets and homes within a matter of only hours. Due to how quickly it can occur, there sometimes little to no warning.
Right here in our own backyard, Michiana dealt with historic flash flooding only a few years ago. In August of 2016, water added up so fast that it lead to 4-5 feet of rushing water in some streets as you can see in the video below.
That is why we always stress the saying, "Turn around, don't drown."
It only takes 6" of rushing water to sweep a person off of their feet and just 12" to float a car.
Thankfully most causes of flooding come with enough warning and there is always time to start preparing now. Start doing your research on how your home is insured for flooding. Stay informed with weather updates when heavy rain is expected. You can get updates and alerts sent directly to your phone with the ABC 57 Weather App. Do NOT drive through flooded areas. Get to higher ground if you the water is climbing to close to your place of shelter and always practice electrical safety.
For additional information on flooding and steps you can take to be prepared, head over to www.ready.gov/floods