We continue Severe Weather Awareness Week in Louisiana with the topic of flooding, which is one of the most common and dangerous severe weather events.
Heavy rains can cause flash floods to occur within a few minutes. Rivers and streams can also rise rapidly after heavy rain.Six inches of moving water are all it takes to knock you off your feet.
About two-thirds of deaths related to flooding happen in vehicles. only takes two feet of water to float a car, so don't drive on roads covered by water. It's a good idea to remember the catchphrase, "Turn around, don't drown," and don't try to navigate flooded streets.
It's also important to be prepared for flash floods by making an emergency flood kit that includes water, food, flashlights, batteries and first-aid kit. Also be sure to make a plan for you and your family to follow in case flood waters rise quickly in heavy rains.
Stay with KTBS 3 News for more Severe Weather Week coverage through the week.