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Turn Around Don't Drown!
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Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding can occur from the result of several days of sustained rain, thawing snow, coastal storms, or overflows of dams or other water systems. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area
As of Oct. 15, 2018, there have been 68 flood-related fatalities in the United States this year, including two young boys in Ohio. On February 25, a 6-year-old boy from Shelby County drowned after being swept away in Mosquito Creek. He was playing near the creek when the ground gave way. And on March 1, an 8-year-old boy was swept away and drowned while trying to cross a swift running creek in Ross County.
Twenty-two Ohio counties received a federal disaster declaration as a result of severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred February 14-25, 2018. Most of the declared counties border the Ohio River.
According to the National Weather Service, there were 116 flood-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. The majority of the deaths (70) occurred in Texas, which was mostly attributed to the catastrophic floods of Hurricane Harvey.
Flood waters can be extremely dangerous. The force of six inches of swiftly moving water can knock over an adult. It only takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most other vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks. The best ways to protect yourself during severe storms and floods are to listen to weather reports for progression of storms. If it is during a flood, it is best to leave the area and seek shelter on higher ground. Never drive or walk through flooded roadways. "Turn Around. Don't Drown."
Flash flood waters move very quickly and can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and obliterate bridges. Walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and generally are accompanied by a deadly cargo of debris. The best response to any signs of flash flooding is to move immediately and quickly to higher ground.
The hours immediately following a flood can be very confusing. When disaster strikes, the county emergency management agency and local government initiate rescue, evacuation and shelter missions and provide emergency assistance to meet the public’s immediate needs.
If the commissioners declare a state of emergency for the county, the local EMA may contact the Ohio EMA for assistance in coordinating state resources and response activities. Based on the extent of the incident, the governor may declare a state of emergency for the affected county or counties. If disaster damages exceed state and local capabilities, the governor may request the president to grant federal disaster assistance through FEMA.
For additional information on Ohio flooding and flood insurance, visit the following sites: