Texas is flash-flood alley. Texas leads the nation in deaths and property damage due to flash flooding. World record rainfalls produced in Texas have paralyzed cities and causing devastating effects for those caught in its aftermath. www. floodsafety.com
The majority of U.S. flood fatalities were vehicle related and Texas holds the #1 spot. Most drivers rescued from flood waters were on their way home to safety but felt they were close enough to home to risk the unthinkable. Understanding how moving water on roads can sweep away a car and even a pickup truck within a matter of minutes is a crucial step in survival.
In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated
Homes were leveled, roads were
impassable, and damage was
catastrophic. Forced evacuation
saved local lives but the aftermath kept
residents from returning as unrecognizable
roads were cluttered with dangerous debris.
Know the signs of danger. Texas is known for two types of seasons: hurricane and hunting. Hurricane season lasts from June until November and impacts the lower Gulf Coast region. As a resident, staying alert to weather patterns, local updates and warnings, and emergency action will keep you aware and informed on how to stay ahead of unforgiving mother nature.
- Adhere to posted road warnings. Keep alert of signs indicating road hazards especially possible flooding.
- Continuous rainfall: If you don't have to trek out, stay indoors. Expect flooding and always be prepared by stocking nonperishable foods, bottled water, a coleman stove, flash lights, batteries, and keep a battery-operated weather band radio handy when the electricity unexpectedly shuts off. If at work, your workplace should have an emergency preparation plan in place and should adhere to weather warnings for the safety of their staff.
- Roads/Bridges: Texas is surrounded by lakes, creeks, bayous, rivers, and the gulf. When these bodies of water overflow during a flash-flood, protection is key. Flood coverage is offered for your home as a separate policy but for your auto, comprehensive coverage can help cover the cost of damage experienced by flooded waters. Never, never, attempt to cross moving water. The current is always stronger than you believe. No auto can keep you safe when moving water takes over. Your auto can easily overturn by the strong current with you trapped inside.
- Route changes. Always keep your fuel tank full for unexpected route changes and have emergency funds available for if your unexpected route requires you to stay elsewhere overnight.
- Learn your evacuation route. Texas highways include marked evacuation routes. Although traffic will build up along these routes, it is a smart idea to know other routes in advanced that will lead you to safety.