If the Angry Hurricane Harvey cat could speak, he'd tell you how awful it is to get stuck on a flooded street and then make all the way to your home. The problems created by a hurricane are hard to list down - there are just too many. While we talk about flooded streets and blocked roads, we often forget to talk about people getting stuck in floodwater.
Thanks to global warming - and our lack of action - hurricanes can now occur at any time. And your likelihood of getting stuck in floodwater is quite high. In this article, we'll explain what you should and shouldn't do in case you face this unavoidable situation.
Tips to Save Yourself When You Are Stuck in Floodwater
Even though it is always advisable to call for help in case you find yourself stuck in any kind of weather and at any place, there are a few safety tips that you ought to follow to avoid serious damage. The first step is to take a different route if your regular route has been flooded.
1. Don't Stay in a Flooded Car
If your car is surrounded by floodwater or is submerged in the water, don't panic. Once the vehicle is full of water, the doors will open on their own. Step out of the vehicle and try to move to higher ground. In any case, don't think about staying inside the car. Even if you think that the water level is going down, don't rush to your car. The water level can rise quickly and without warning. Your best bet is to wait for a towing truck to tow your car to a safe place.
2. Don't Walk into Moving Water
If you are stuck in a building, don't leave. Being in a building is much better than entering the flood zone. This is because moving water is dangerous and can knock you down instantly, leading to severe injuries. Another reason for avoiding contact with floodwater is that floodwater is laced with all kinds of contaminants. It may contain raw sewage, oil, or gasoline. Due to fallen power lines, floodwater can lead to electrocution.
3. Be Informed
Keep listening to your radio throughout your journey to have an understanding of which routes to avoid.
After the Flood
Roads and walkways often turn slippery after the flood. Drive carefully and at slow speed. If the roads are still flooded, avoid the area as the standing water may be electrically charged. After the flood, it is common for even wild animals to wander on the road in search of shelter. You only have to be a little careful while driving. Don't panic if you see a wild animal.
Every year, hundreds of people get seriously injured due to thunderstorm-related incidents. While flash floods are a serious concern, you have to take the right approach to deal with it.