Flooding Safety

Once in awhile, when strong storms threaten Kansas, heavy rains will cause flooding to occur. Between 1955 and 1999, Kansas ranked 25th in flood damage, with $86.28 million in damage was reported according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Most people do not realize the very real threat of flood waters.

Avoid Flood Water

For some water is fun to play in, however, there is a time and place for that and it is not after heavy rains. You are much safer going to the swimming pool instead of out to a flooded ditch.

Rushing waters can easily sweep away vehicles, trees, and buildings. Take a minute to imagine what the raging water could do to you.
  • It only takes 6 inches of rapidly-moving water to knock you off your feet, so don't play in flooded ditches or roadways. You can actually be swept away from your home!
  • 2 feet of water will float a car, so never drive into flooded areas. However, if you happen to do so, and your vehicle stalls, abandon it quickly and move to higher ground.