Heavy and/or prolonged rainfall may accompany thunderstorms resulting in flash flooding which can sweep away everything in its path including vehicles trying to drive through it.
Flooding is blamed for 28 deaths in Illinois since 1995. Most of these fatalities occurred when people in vehicles tried to cross flooded roadways.
Flash flooding occurred recently after heavy rainfall, sweeping vehicles off the highways and into water filled ditches. In some instances the dive team and rescue squad had to rescue occupants.
“Any roads that were prone to flooding, flooded,” Rowcliffe said. “Flash floods claim hundreds of lives per year. More than any other weather related cause, 50 percent of those deaths involve a vehicle. Do not drive through water on a roadway.”
The speed and depth of water is not always obvious. Portions of a roadway may be washed out under the water. Two feet of water will carry away most vehicles.
Home flooding causes loss to personal property as well as damage to home structures. Know how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating system works.
If you are in an area prone to flooding, evacuate before flooding happens. It is harder when water becomes too deep for ordinary vehicles.