flood safety

Dear kind readers: Oversimplified explanation: there are two kinds of non-coastal flooding: ONE: like the mountains of Belgium recently where a storm failed to move like big storms usually do, and excessive rain fell in one small river basin sending massive flow through the bottleneck below. This also happened over the weekend in Waverly Tennessee TWO: downriver flooding which happens in bigger rivers down river from the heavy rain. Dear kind readers.: The following is lifesaving preparation: know how to used a phone to find the elevation on a map (many apps can do this) and know how to quickly get to higher ground. Sincerely, Tom Doody. Cars can float in three feet of water, so even though it makes great pics to accompany headlines the water might not be so deep. Just knowing how to get to higher elevation quickly can save one’s life. In locations like Belgium and Tennessee a short fast walk away from the Valley floor can be the difference between being washed away in a flood and being above the flood. In places like Florida a person might have to travel farther to get to higher ground, but the same rule applies: get three feet higher than the lowest area nearby. In the event this text seem like it’s written by a overly paranoid middle-age man consider the following. Rain storms that hit narrow valleys only need two things to make them deadly: ONE: way above average rainfall TWO: the opposite of typical big storms. Big storms usually move fast, so the opposite is slow moving. A big storm that moves slowly over a narrow valley, and whala: Belgium or Waverly Tennessee.

About Tom Doody

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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2 Responses to flood safety

  1. Tomas the wise says:

    Tomas the wise has spoken! Let it be written – Let it be done.

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