Oklahoma Flooding Claims Life Last Week, Flood Safety Tips
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Heavy rain across Nebraska Sunday evening brings to mind the life that severe flooding in Oklahoma City claimed last week.
Police there say the man's family was stuck in their car after it stalled in high water. The victim tried to wade into the water to reach his family but the rushing water was too strong and swept him away.
Police later found the man several blocks away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Flooding, including flash flooding, can happen quickly and it is important to know what to do if you come across a flooded roadway.
Never drive into a water covered road. There is no way to know how deep the water is or if the road is washed out beneath the surface of the water.
Stay away from dips and low spots, including washes and streams, during a storm. These places are likely to be the first to flood. Exercise extra caution while driving at night, it can be harder to gauge the depth and swiftness of any flowing water on the road.
The National Weather Service recommends that you "turn around - don't drown" and find another road to take.
According to an article on the NOAA Flood Safety page most deaths in floods occur in a car.
It only takes 18 inches of water to lift a car. This means your car could easily be carried sideways by the flow and tipped over.
Vehicles in this situation tend to tip over and trap their victims inside as the water carries them downstream.