Severe Weather Wednesday: Flooding and ways to stay safe

Weather Talk

Texas is no stranger when it comes to heavy rain which leads to flash flooding. Last year in 2018 it was the second related killer with eighty people losing their lives across the country. Of those eighty, Texas was the number one state with twelve people losing their lives. 

Why does flash flooding occur here in East Texas? We can see an active weather pattern like this past Winter and Spring where rounds of rain can keep the soil moisture high. So any additional rain can cause flooding issues. Severe weather can be another cause for flooding issues. Storms can train over the same area which can drop a lot of rain in a short amount of time. This scenario occurred this past weekend near Jacksonville down toward Nacogdoches where almost seven inches of rain fell over the weekend. Another can be from tropical systems that can move inland like what we saw in parts of Deep East Texas from Hurricane Harvey a couple of years ago. 

More people love their loves by driving into flooded roadways. All it takes is about six inches of fast moving water to knock over an adult and about twelve inches of rushing water to carry away most cars. 

Here is some advice to keep you safe:
-Know the forecast and if heavy rain is a possibility. 
-Know your area and where to go in case water starts rising (especially if you love in a low lying area.
-Obey all barricades and signs posted warning of flooded roads. 
-Turn Around Don’t Drown 

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