Floods, especially flash floods, kill more people each year than any other weather phenomenon.This is because many people underestimate the force and power of water.Flash floods could be caused by tornadoes and thunderstorms, especially in low lying areas.
The two key ingredients that contribute to flash flooding are rainfall intensity and duration. Other factors include soil conditions, ground cover, and topography. As little as 6 inches of fast moving water can sweep you off your feet, and only 18-24 inches of water is enough to carry your car away! For more information on Floods and Flash Floods, go to the PrepareMetro KC site!
If YOU see a road barrier across a flooded roadway... TURN AROUND. DON'T DROWN!
What to if flash flooding is possible:
Move to higher ground - do not wait for instructions to move if flash flooding is a possibility (can occur within seconds).
Do not drive or walk into flooded areas - even small amounts of water can wash out a roadway and anything on it.
If you are in a flooded are on campus and need assistance, call KUPD at 913-588-5030 from any phone or 911 from land-line campus phones.