The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

October 29, 2013

Turn Around. Don't Drown.

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — As it has been quite some time since Hunt County or the surrounding area has been placed under a flash flood watch — one has been posted by the National Weather Service for between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, due to the potential of up to four inches of rain — it may be a good idea to offer a few safety tips which could come in handy.

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain, enough to possibly cause flash floods. A flash flood warning means flooding is already occurring, or is expected to occur shortly in a specific area.

Floods are the number one thunderstorm-related killer, not only in Texas, but across the country.

The National Weather Service offers the following recommendations to prepare for the potential of floods and flash floods:

— When a flash flood WARNING is issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds!

— Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, and the like.

— Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

— If driving, be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. Turn around and go another way. NEVER drive through flooded roadways!

— If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground if you can safely. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember, it's better to be wet than dead!

— Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

— Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.