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Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding can occur from the result of several days of sustained rain, thawing snow, coastal storms, or overflows of dams or other water systems. Floods can develop slowly or quickly - Flash floods can come with little or no warning.
Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death.
According to the National Weather Service, as of February 22, 2019, there have been nine flood-related fatalities in the United States this year, including one in Ohio. On February 7, a man in Pike County drove his vehicle around a road barricade and became stranded.
Also in February, Ohio counties Guernsey, Jackson, Monroe, Pike, Ross and Vinton declared local emergencies due to flooding. There were no requests for state assistance.
According to the National Weather Service, there were 83 flood-related deaths in the U.S. in 2018. The majority of the deaths occurred in Texas with 12, followed by North Carolina with 11 deaths, mostly attributed to Hurricane Florence.
Flood waters can be extremely dangerous. Just six inches of moving water can knock an adult down, and one foot of moving water can sweep away small vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most other vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks. Never walk or drive through flooded roadways. You cannot tell the depth of the water or the condition of the ground underneath. Play it smart. Play it safe. Turn Around Don't Drown©.
Flash flood waters move very quickly and can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and obliterate bridges. Walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and generally are accompanied by a deadly cargo of debris. The best response to any signs of flash flooding is to move immediately and quickly to higher ground.
NWS Preliminary 2019 Flood Fatality Statistics
The hours immediately following a flood can be very confusing. When disaster strikes, the county emergency management agency and local government initiate rescue, evacuation and shelter missions and provide emergency assistance to meet the public’s immediate needs.
If the commissioners declare a state of emergency for the county, the local EMA may contact the Ohio EMA for assistance in coordinating state resources and response activities. Based on the extent of the incident, the governor may declare a state of emergency for the affected county or counties. If disaster damages exceed state and local capabilities, the governor may request the president to grant federal disaster assistance through FEMA.
For additional information on Ohio flooding and flood insurance, visit the following sites: