Heavy rain over the next several days poses a flooding threat from northern Texas east to the Mississippi Valley and the American Red Cross urges everyone to watch weather conditions in the region and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
The storm could produce more than 7 inches of rain this week which will help relieve an ongoing drought situation in the region, but the National Weather Service cautions that there is also a potential for flash flooding.
Turn around, don’t drown! If flooding is occurring, stay off the roads. If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising around you, quickly get out ofthe car, move to higher ground and stay there. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow, or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
A flood/flash flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible. A flood/flash flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon. Take immediate precautions.
GET READY NOW
Three simple steps can help to keep your family safe during disasters — 1) Get a Kit. 2) Make a Plan. 3) Be Informed.
Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember, if you and your family need to evacuate, so does your pet. It’s important to plan in advance to know which pet-friendly hotels are in your area, and where your pets can stay in an emergency situation.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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