The flood images from Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Isaac are heart wrenching.  So many people with catastrophic water damage to their homes, stranded, everything lost.  These images are all too familiar.  We saw it along the NC coast as recently as last year when Hurricane Irene caused flooding to a good portion of our coastal areas.  Storm surges are often the blame for coastal flooding following a hurricane, but areas inland can also experience flood damage caused by hurricanes or other rain storms.  Do you know what to do if faced with a flood threat?  The American Red Cross lists the following tips/guidelines to follow:

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for flood warnings
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice
  • Head to higher ground when a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area
  • Stay away from floodwaters…if you come upon a flowing stream of water that is above your ankles, stop and turn around as 6 inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet
  • Keep children out of the water
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood waters