RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Flash flooding is one of the most-common threats from storms in central North Carolina – both in severe weather season and in hurricane season.
Central North Carolina obviously saw profound and historic flooding during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, but even ordinary thunderstorms can produce a dangerous flooding threat if they remain parked in one spot for too long.
To begin with, know the flooding risk for your neighborhood.
The maps are easy to look up online at FEMA’s Map Service Center — msc.fema.gov. You can also talk to your insurance agent, and they’ll have resources to help you determine the specific flood risk for your address.
If you live in a flood-prone location, have an evacuation plan ready and know where you’ll go if flooding becomes a problem.
Be ready to react quickly, and always be weather-aware for heavy rain in the forecast.
If you DON’T live in a flood-prone location, you should know if the roads into and out of your neighborhood are prone to flooding.
And regardless of your risk at home, always respect the power of water.
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult.
Only 18 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs.
It’s often impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a road, or the condition of the road below the water.
It is never EVER safe to drive or walk through flood waters.
Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow one very simple rule: Turn around, don’t drown!
We’ll be here throughout severe weather season and hurricane season, to keep you ahead of the storms.