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Flood Safety Awareness

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On average in the US, flooding leads to 89 fatalities and $8.3 billion in damages annually.

"The biggest problem we have is people driving through flooded roadways. It's hard to tell how deep the water is on the road," said Gina Loss, National Weather Service Senior Service Hydrologist.

Last year, 85 people lost their lives to freshwater flooding. More than half of those fatalities were a result of people driving into floodwaters.

"It's a lot of energy, it's a lot of force," said Loss.

It only takes 6 inches of water to knock an adult off their feet and 18 inches of water to sweep a car away. So what should you do if water is covering the road?

"Find another way to go, don't take that chance," Loss said.

You can see the latest river observations, forecasts, and flood risks on water.weather.gov

"Right now we're looking at snowpack and many of our major basins that's better than 150% of average for this time of year. This is all going to come out, how

this is going to come out is yet to be determined. It will depend on how the weather transitions through this spring, but we do anticipate some high waters as we go through the spring," said Loss.

Being prepared for a flood can not only help keep your family safe, it can also help minimize potential flood damage and quicken recovery efforts.

"It takes 30 days for flood insurance to go into effect, you have to have it in place well before any flooding occurs. So get that now. We are quickly approaching our runoff season," said Loss.

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