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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week: Tips for safety during flash floods

Friday - Flash Flooding

TIPS FOR FLASH FLOODING:

1. Turn around! - Never drive across a water covered roadway. Judging how deep the water actually is can be very difficult. Be especially cautious at night when it is even harder to judge the danger.

2. Slow down! - Drive with extreme caution if roads are even just wet or it is raining. You can lose control of your vehicle if hydroplaning occurs, which is when a layer of water builds up between your tires and the road, causing there to be no direct contact between your vehicle and the road.

3. Get out! - If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. It is important to move quickly as to avoid being trapped by flood areas.

4. Stay tuned! - Always have multiple ways to receive severe weather info. Storm radios, televisions, computers or cellphones are great to have around. Be sure to have extra batteries in case of loss of electricity. Get alert phone calls/texts by signing up for important alerts at: http://westfargond.gov/159/CodeRED-Alerts. Make use of other resources, like the US National Weather Service Grand Forks North Dakota too. Follow instructions of public safety entities during flooding.

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