Avoiding Flood Deaths

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Experts say avoiding flood waters is the best way to stay safe in rainy weather.

More deaths each year are caused by flooding than any other severe weather. Six inches of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. Most flood related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people followed simple advice.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, turn around. Rushing water can be powerful. Two feet of water can carry away most cars.

Harrisonburg Fire Department Lieutenant Wanda Willis remembers all the calls she's responded to. She says deaths due to flood waters are not uncommon in the Valley.

"It does happen and it happens in our area. I know a few years ago in Waynesboro, there were people walking along the flood banks, not thinking that the waters would be that bad, but again they were swept away in those flood waters. So in the memory of all those people, let's do our part to keep everybody else safe," said Willis.

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