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How to Prepare for (and Survive) a Flash Flood

www.nytimes.com
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fairly easy
Fast rising water can be deadly. Here's what to do if you're caught off guard, and how to prepare for a future event.
The biggest issue with flash floods, Dr. Markenson said, is that people don't always evacuate when they're told to do so. But by trying to ride it out, he warned, you'll endanger yourself and rescuers.

Avoid floodwaters when possible. The best thing to do is avoid all floodwaters if you can — or, as the National Weather Service's grim catchphrase urges: "Turn Around Don't Drown." It takes just six inches of fast-moving water to knock you off your feet, so unless you're ordered to evacuate, staying where you are is usually the safest choice. (Flash floods generally pass quickly.)

The most immediate risk of entering floodwaters is drowning, but you may also expose yourself to various harmful things floating around the water itself, like human, animal and industrial waste; physical objects like cars,…
Susan Shain
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