Flash Flooding is the Most Deadly Severe Weather Hazard

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ABC9 News – It’s Severe Weather Week at ABC9 News and our first topic to focus on is “Flash Flooding.” A flash flood is a flood caused by heavy or excessive rain in a short period of time – usually less than 6 hours – causing water to pool and sometimes flow over roadways.

It may surprise you that flash flooding is the #1 cause of thunderstorm related deaths resulting in more than 140 fatalities per year on average. Most flash flood deaths occur at night when the road and the depth of the water is more difficult to figure out. Most victims of flash flooding are people who become trapped in cars.

Remember that you can’t see a washed out road when water is covering it and your vehicle can quickly be swept away. To help reinforce the importance of not crossing a flooded road, there’s a song called, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” To listen to the song in its entirety, you can find it in our Severe Weather Week section of SiouxlandMatters.com. For full lyrics, visit the National Weather Service website at the following link…

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/water/tadd/lyrics.shtml

Remember, the best way to be alert to Flash Flood Warnings is with a weather radio, available at area Hy-Vee stores.

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