FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Flooding is another weather threat that can destroy homes and potentially injure or kill people in its path.
This week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week across the country.
Flooding from thunderstorms results in more weather-related fatalities than any other thunderstorm hazard.
Before a flood happens, it's important to know if your home, workplace, or school is located on a floodplain.
If you have the opportunity to get sandbags and other materials to protect your property from floods, get them in advance if you have the time.
It can be hard to know what to do in a flood. With the help of this handy graphic, you can be prepared and know what to do before, during, and after a flood! For more information on flood safety, visit https://t.co/2w1wSDlSb4 #txwx #sjtwx #SevereWeatherAwareness pic.twitter.com/wk4Rt4bKux
— NWS San Angelo (@NWSSanAngelo) March 19, 2021
The National Weather Service has a river gauge map that can tell you what rivers are flooding in your area.
From this data and forecasts, the National Weather Service will issue flood watches and warnings.
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) March 18, 2021
During a flood, it's crucial to seek higher ground once warnings are issued for your area.
If you come across a flooded road, Turn Around, Don't Drown!
That's the national slogan created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service.
Do not drive into flooded roads because you do not know how deep the water is, what is in the water, and if the road is still intact under the water.
It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. It is impossible to know how deep the water is just by looking at it. Turn Around Don’t Drown! https://t.co/YnLrnfCZOy #FloodSafety #inwx #SpringSafety2021 pic.twitter.com/nRwvcGFevp
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) March 20, 2021
Most deaths occur in vehicles when they are driven through flooded roads.
It only takes about a foot of water to carry away most cars.
Severe Weather Preparedness week for Ohio and Michigan is this week so we'll continue posting preparedness tips.
Today's tip is to keep your safety in mind when encountering flooding roadways. Choose an alternate route even if it's not convenient. pic.twitter.com/NpQEd9uAXx
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) March 21, 2021
The March 1982 floods were some of the worst floods on record in northern Indiana.
There was at least 3 feet of snow on the ground, which led to chaos when the snow melted.
The snow melted rapidly, as an inch of rain fell across the area, the Summit City was overflowing with water.
Fort Wayne received national attention when sandbags saved the city.
To be notified of flooding when it's occurring in your area, download the FOX 55 Severe Weather Center App.