Flash floods are frequent in many parts of the country and should not be taken lightly. If you get stuck in a vehicle during a flood, keep your cool and follow these FOUR steps:
- ) The number one rule when you encounter any water crossing the road is to turn around. Underestimating the depth of the water and strength of the current has cost many people their lives. Just 6 inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles and cause loss of control and steering, while 1 foot of water can cause many vehicles to float away, and 2 feet of floodwater is enough water to carry an SUV or pickup truck away.
- ) If fast-moving water has already surrounded your vehicle, and your car is either stalled out or not moving in the right direction, then you need to get yourself out of there as quickly as possible and get to high ground.
- ) If you get swept away by the water, try to grab whatever you can to pull yourself to the side. Maneuver over any objects you encounter, not around. Wait for help to arrive instead of entering any floodwater.
- ) If you're stuck inside, you'll want to roll down your windows and allow water to enter your vehicle. You can escape from your car through the window or, if that's not possible, wait until the water pressure is equal on both sides of your door so it will open. Trust us. This means you'll have to wait for the water to enter the car and fill up to about your neck level (this sounds terrifying, but this is the only way the doors will open). Do not try to break windows to get out. If water pressure has not equalized, the glass will explode inward toward you or other occupants.
Most importantly, Stay Calm. Don't Panic.