2 minutes reading time (332 words)

San Tan Valley Residents Urged to Heed Flood Safety Tips as Hurricane Hilary Approaches

With Hurricane Hilary on a trajectory poised to drench parts of Nevada and Arizona, San Tan Valley residents in Maricopa and Pinal Counties are urged to brace themselves for possible heavy rains and intense winds. Rural Metro Fire Central Arizona is taking the lead in cautioning locals about the potential for localized flooding, an oft-underestimated hazard.

Yearly, flooding claims more lives than any other severe weather hazard. Highlighting the grim reality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over half of flood-related drownings happen when vehicles venture into dangerous floodwaters. Moreover, individuals walking near or into such waters account for the next highest percentage of flood-related fatalities.

"People often fail to comprehend the sheer might of water," warns Shawn Gilleland of Rural Metro Fire Central Arizona. He notes with concern the frequency at which individuals dismiss the danger, choosing to either walk or drive through inundated pathways. "Ignoring barriers and entering flooded zones can have deadly consequences."

Reiterating the National Weather Service's crucial warning, "Turn Around, Don't Drown®," Rural Metro Fire offers residents some vital flood safety guidelines:
  • Seek higher ground if flooding is imminent. Steer clear of areas prone to flooding, including valleys, low spots, and ditches.
  • Do not venture into or near flooded zones. A mere six inches of swift water can knock a person off their feet.
  • Children should be kept away from high water, storm drains, and ditches due to concealed hazards.
  • Beware of driving through flooded roads as vehicles can be swept away in just two feet of water, and the road might have concealed damages.
  • Parking or camping near washouts and streams is risky, especially under looming threats.
  • Night driving during floods requires extra caution as it's more challenging to spot flood dangers.
  • For up-to-date weather alerts, keep an eye on NOAA Weather Radio or local media outlets.

For a more comprehensive understanding of flood safety, residents can visit the National Weather Service at noaa.gov/floods or the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes at flash.org.
New Law Lets Counties Take Big Steps for Water Rec...
Desert Financial's Adopt-A-Teacher Program is BACK...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Saturday, 13 July 2024

Captcha Image

My Account Menu

News Menu

Search News

Mailing Address:
530 E Hunt Hwy
Ste 103-262
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

Text: 602.348.0238

SanTanValley.com is your #1 resource for anything in and around San Tan Valley, AZ. Focusing on uniting and promoting all that San Tan Valley has to offer for our visitors and residents, SanTanValley.com provides you with local area information & events, local business information, news, traffic alerts, and more!

© 2023, SanTanValley.com is owned & operated by MyBizNow LLC. All Rights Reserved. Material displayed is not to be used without written permission by SanTanValley.com representatives. You may not reproduce or communicate any of the content on this website, including articles, content, images and files downloadable from this website, without the written permission of SanTanValley.com representatives. Opinions and comments posted by viewers do not reflect the opinions of SanTanValley.com.

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

© Copyright 2023. All Rights Reserved Site Developed & Maintained by MyBizNow.com
× Progressive Web App | Add to Homescreen

To install this Web App in your iPhone/iPad press icon. Progressive Web App | Share Button And then Add to Home Screen.

× Install Web App
Mobile Phone
Offline - No Internet Connection