The remnants of Hurricane Ida are predicted to impact our region beginning tomorrow, 9/1/2021. 2 – 5 inches of rain is predicted with locally higher amounts. A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area. Please monitor NOAA and local weather reports for updates on this approaching storm and take precautions as warranted.
REMEMBER: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in cars swept downstream. Many of these drownings are preventable. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road. The road may have collapsed under that water. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.