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Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States?

Evacuating flooded areas or entering flooded waters have the potential to lead to injury or death. As we’re leaving the Winter season and entering Spring, floods may result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water sources.

Flash Flooding

Spring brings the promise of warmer weather and longer days – but with it comes a variety of weather conditions such as heavy rains, severe weather, and melting snow that leave room for potential flood risk. Knowing the risks can help you take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas. You’ve heard it before, but if you approach a flooded road, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” with these need-to-know safety tips:

Before a flood:

  • Go to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding, including dips, low spots, washes, etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded. Especially when water flows fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Just six inches of moving water can knock someone off their feet.
  • Never drive through flooded roadways. Roadbeds may be washed out under flood waters and just two feet of moving water can sweep and SUV off the road.

After a flood:

  • Check for damage.
  • Remove wet contents immediately. Wet carpeting and any other items holding moisture can develop mold within 24 to 48 hours. Clean and disenfect everything touched by floodwaters.
  • Plan before you repair.
  • File your flood insurance claim. Comprehensive coverage may help pay to repair or replace your vehicle if it’s damaged by hail or flooding. It does not cover water damage due to a maintenance issue, like a slow leak or leaving your window open during a rainstorm.

Spring Flood Risks

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) explains the four major reasons flooding occurs throughout the United States. Here’s what you should know:

  • Spring thaw. During the early spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. The water then runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams, and rivers, causing excess water to spill over their banks. Add seasonal storms to the mix, and the result is often severe spring flooding.
  • Spring rains. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees.
  • Flash flooding. A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur when there are drought-like conditions.
  • Levees and dams. The U.S. has thousands of miles of levees and dams that are designed to protect against a certain level of flooding. These structures can erode and weaken over time, and they can also be overtopped or fail during larger flood events.

Bad Weather Car Accident Attorneys

There are many reasons why driving in poor weather conditions can cause a weather-related car accident. The main culprit is hydroplaning. Regardless of the weather, people all over America are rushing to get where they need to go on the roads. Your average commuter doesn’t take into consideration the added time it should take you to get from point A to point B during a storm.

When people do not take mother nature seriously, consequences can arise, and they can be extremely dangerous. Should you or a loved one suffer injuries from a hydroplaning car, motorcycle, or truck accident caused by another, you need to contact Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley. Tap the green button above to call us, or submit a form here.

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