Kentucky Flash Flooding Threat: Thursday, July 28, 2022 – Saturday, July 30, 2022
Destructive and potentially deadly flooding is ongoing in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia after several inches of rain fell over the area in a short period of time. Heavy rain poured down across eastern Kentucky late Wednesday into Thursday morning, prompting a flash flood emergency and stranding hundreds. People and homes have washed away and roads are completely destroyed in some areas, with downed trees and mudslides hampering first responders. Multiple water rescues are underway across the region.
Flood Safety Tips and Resources
- National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood
- Ready.gov: https://www.ready.gov/floods
- American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html
Steps to Keep Yourself Safe After Flooding
- Watch your step. Floodwaters often hide sharp and dangerous debris, like broken glass and metal. Floodwater can also be contaminated with oil, gasoline or sewage.
- Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear such as boots, gloves and safety glasses when moving debris.
- Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm, or if it is wet, to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
- Flooded homes are hazards. Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
- Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
- Never drive into a road covered with flowing water. One foot of flowing water can sweep a car off the road; 2 feet will carry away an SUV or pickup. Even 6 inches of water can knock you off your feet. Never walk or drive through swift water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Respect barricades and posted signage. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around. You’re not only putting your own life at risk, but also the lives of first responders.
- If you encounter a dark traffic signal, treat it as a four-way stop.
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