What To Do if You're Stranded in a Flash Flood

Flash floods can happen anywhere without warning. In fact, they're the No. 2 weather-related killer in the United States. Nearly half of all flash flood victims who've died were driving. World-renowned survival expert Dr. Adrian Cohen says that by following these guidelines, you're more likely to survive a flash flood.
  • If there is a flash flood warning, don't drive unless it's an absolute emergency.
  • If you must drive during a flash flood warning, avoid low-lying roads or areas that tend to collect water.
  • Never drive through standing water. You cannot assume the depth of water or how fast its current is. It only takes two feet of water to move a car.
  • If the water around your car starts rising, get your windows down so you have an escape route if need be.
  • Use your car as a raft. Stay with the car—stay anchored to it by using something like the seatbelt. Don't separate yourself from the car unless the car is sinking. If this happens, swim to a tree or something anchored to keep you from floating with the current.
Please note: If you have access to a phone, always call 911 for assistance. The information regarding safety and survival tips are suggestions only. There is no guarantee that these suggested techniques will prevent injury or death.


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