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Getting It Right: Flood Myth vs. Fact

There are lots of myths out there about what’s ok during a flood, and sometimes simply uninformed decisions. That’s why the Red Cross works to share information and help ensure people are prepared for disasters of all kinds.

Even just two feet of water can float most vehicles and, if the water is moving quickly, vehicles can be swept away. Not recommended:

Hurricane Isaac 2012 September 1, 2012. Helena, Mississippi. Flooding in Helena, Mississippi, following Hurricane Isaac. Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross .

Hurricane Isaac 2012
September 1, 2012. Helena, Mississippi. Flooding in Helena, Mississippi, following Hurricane Isaac. Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

 

You also shouldn’t walk through flood water. Just six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Not recommended:

Tennessee Floods 2010 Many of the local merchants forced to close their establishments in downtown Nashville couldn’t wait for the flood waters to recede completely, opting instead to wade in the standing water to peek at the damages.   Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

Tennessee Floods 2010
Many of the local merchants forced to close their establishments in downtown Nashville couldn’t wait for the flood waters to recede completely, opting instead to wade in the standing water to peek at the damages.
Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

 

Flash floods also don’t just happen near bodies of water. It could creep to the front of your business:

Tennessee Floods 2010 Many of the local merchants forced to close their establishments in downtown Nashville couldn’t wait for the flood waters to recede completely, opting instead to wade in the standing water to peek at the damages.   Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

Tennessee Floods 2010
Many of the local merchants forced to close their establishments in downtown Nashville couldn’t wait for the flood waters to recede completely, opting instead to wade in the standing water to peek at the damages.
Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

 

Or in the middle of your town:

MN Northland Flooding Red Cross disaster relief workers are responding to flooding in Duluth, MN, and surrounding areas.   Photo Credit: Judy Hanne-Gonzalez

MN Northland Flooding
Red Cross disaster relief workers are responding to flooding in Duluth, MN, and surrounding areas.
Photo Credit: Judy Hanne-Gonzalez

 

This myth vs. fact graphic helps capture and correct popular misconceptions of safe procedures in a flood. These facts aren’t just trivia — they’re lifesavers.

 flood myths facts

Read more about the flood app and plenty of other flood tips on redcross.org.

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