Floods can develop slowly, over days or weeks, or within minutes without even a visible sign of rain. Keep yourself safe by being aware of flood watches and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate by moving to higher ground when directed to leave.
Be aware that flood water may become contaminated with animal or human waste, or with farm chemicals or fuel. Avoid exposing yourself to flood water, and do not drink it, or any water that may have been contaminated by flood water. Remember your well may have been contaminated by flood water, and should be tested before you drink from it. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the US, and each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. This is because people often underestimate the power and force of water. Six inches of moving water can cause a person to fall, and two feet of water can cause even a pick-up or SUV to float. When approaching an area that has been flooded, it is difficult to estimate the depth of the water, and the ground under the water may be unstable. The safest approach is to turn around and take another route.
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