CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We have plenty of rain chances this week. Some of the rain could be heavy at times and there's the possibility of localized flash flooding - especially Monday night and Tuesday.
Did you know that more deaths are caused by flooding than by any other type of weather? Half of those deaths happen when a vehicle is driven into flood water. The next highest percentage is due to people walking into or near flood waters.
Yep! That means they could be prevented. That means people make the decision to risk drowning.
Part of the problem is that people aren't afraid of water. We use it every day. We drink it… shower with it… cook with it… swim in it… Flood water doesn't behave the same way that drinking water does. It's unpredictability is the whole problem. You have no idea what could be going on underneath the water. It could be moving even though you're unable to know that from the water's surface. It could have washed away the road underneath. That would make it a lot deeper than the same road you've driven for the past 10 years.
Remember these facts:
Only 6” of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. That's only about ankle-deep. After you've lost your footing, you're at the mercy of the water.
It only takes 12” of rushing water to carry away a small car and 2 feet can carry away any vehicle – even a bus!