Flash Flood Safety

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Cloudburst erupts over Las Vegas valley.Expect the unexpected

Flash floods are common in Southern Nevada. Yes, it’s a desert out there. Sure, it hardly rains. But when it does, it pours.

In the summer monsoon months, July through September, expect sudden downpours and rapid flash flooding. Even on sunny days.

Wait out flash floods

Most storms only last a couple hours. If it’s raining and/or flash floods have been reported, stay inside. Don’t drive.

Never enter flooded roads

Floodwater rushes across a road in Bonnie Springs, Nevada, while cars turn around.If you have to go somewhere, drive safely and actively avoid flooded areas. If you come upon a flooded street, stop immediately and gather your thoughts.

Turn around, don't drown. Six inches of water is enough to cause you to lose control of your vehicle. One foot of water can float most cars. Nearly half of flood deaths happen in a vehicle.

Avoid flood control facilities

Even when it's not raining, flood control facilities are no place to play. This includes detention basins, channels and washes, and storm drains. Water can flow through this network at any time. Moving at 30 mph, it takes only 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet.

FAQs

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