Flash flood waves, moving at incredible speeds, can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. When a flash flood warning is issued for your area or the moment you first realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, known as FLASH, and the National Weather Service remind: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”  and offer the following flood safety tips to protect your home and family.
Clear yard of any debris, plant material or items that can block water flow and storm drains.
Clear a path between buildings for debris flow, and lay a plastic sheet in between the building and the sand bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping in. Do not hike rivers and especially slot canyons while flash flood warnings are in place, do not hike alone and tell someone where you are going. Be aware of any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy.
Clean and disinfect heating, air conditioning and ventilation ducts before use to avoid spread of airborne germs and mold spores.
To learn more about how much flooding can cost you check out this cost of flooding tool provided by FloodSmart.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. TULSA - You may not realize it but flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities than any other type of storm.They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. Scores of homes have been destroyed and at least three people killed after heavy overnight rainfall sparked flash flooding across Colorado in the early hours this morning.Flooding was reported from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, more than 100 miles south. Emergency: Three people have been killed and hundreds evacuated after heavy rains overnight caused flash-flooding in Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The flooding happened so fast that many people were trapped in their homes and cars when water started to surround them.Emergency crews in Lafayette County rescued one man trapped in his overturned car. Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, and other indications of a possible debris flow. These changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly. More than half of all flood-related deaths are people driving through flooded roads, according to the National Weather Service. Floodwaters are usually deeper than they appear. Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.

Don't wait for instructions to move.-- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
Move essential items to an upper floor.-- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.-- Don't drive into flooded areas.
If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.--If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded.

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