Wednesday's Flooding

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By Kevin Arnone on August 13, 2014, 12:25pm Last modified: August 16, 2014, 8:35am

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Flooding, one of the deadliest natural disasters occurs year round here in CT.  Just today here in New Haven County we were issued a Flash Flood warning.  But what exactly is a flash flood and how can everyone stay safe during these events.  Flash flooding can occur anywhere but most commonly in urbanized areas as the paved roads don't allow the rain to seep into the group as quickly. Rain falls so fast that the ground, streets and drainage can’t keep up with it.  Roads can become instant rivers if there is enough water.  Buildings may become flooded, cars may be carried away. Flooding dangers not only property but humans as well.  Since 1900, floods have taken more than 10,000 lives.  66% of all flood deaths occur in vehicles, with most of them occurring due to drivers making the mistake of trying to navigate through flood waters.  6 inches of water reaches most passenger cars causing you to lose control and possibly stalling.  Just 6 inches of rapidly moving water is enough to knock a person off of their feet. Just 2 feet of water can float a large vehicle, including buses while just 1 foot will float smaller vehicles. The lesson to learn is that if a road is flooded; do not try to navigate through it whether that is in your vehicle or by walking, especially if it is rapidly moving water.      

Click through the slides for images from today's flooding!

Here is some terminology used by the National Weather Service

Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground immediately.

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