How To Survive in a Urban Flood Disaster

How To Survive in a Urban Flood Disaster

Floods happen slowly, usually with lots of warning. Spring thaws and heavy rainfall from tropical storms and hurricanes are the usually the culprits. National and local news stations closely watch the progress of major storms, predicting possible ways through modeling.

The models help inform us of potential danger when a path is in line with a city or town. Everyone has a TV or smartphone and will apprehend when a flood is coming and be ready to prepare.

As much as some floods can be predictable and detoured via sandbags, they can also turn wild, especially in urban environments that aren’t ready to handle or haven’t experienced serious flooding in the past. The gulf coast, the New York/New Jersey region and, last, the Carolinas are a few unhappy examples of areas caught off guard by the extreme winds and rains that bring devastating floods. Floods turn violent and quick when dams and levees fail or an ice-jammed river suddenly dislodges. That’s when water can rise quickly without warning. These flash floods are the most dangerous since they’re less predictable.

Floods knock out power, contaminate water supplies and make roads impassable. These high water levels are also typically slow to leave. High water can linger for days …

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2 thoughts on “How To Survive in a Urban Flood Disaster

  1. Those are basics. My home was destroyed by SuperStorm Sandy on October 29, 2012, and a Nor’Easter Storm hooked up with the hurricane. My wife and I were in saltwater up to our waists for 3 1/2 days, which turned icy cold on the 29th. The waters ebbed November 03, 2012. Prior to the storm, I made emergency plans. Set rope lines for walking as guidelines. Had a boat rigged with everything and lashed securely, shoves for paddles as the volume of water was torrential and engine function could asperate water. Five days in total. Police had made threats to break the door down and arrest us, but I gave a counter warning that if they did not have a warrant, and they kick my door down, I would respond in a most ungentlemanly manner. Yes, I have guns. Then I added, how would they get to me, if (pointing to them) they are affraid to walk in ankle depth water? The flood went 10.5 feet above flood level (1.5 feet above high tide) a total of 12.0 feet in the mud flats where I lived.
    Water to drink. The tub, toilet, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink, turned into “brown” fountains, as sewers flooded and hydro-pressure pushed fecal waste into homes. I had watched, for some reason, six months earlier, Survivorman. I paid attention. Then I watched the re-televised program every time it aired, because I had never been in any flood aside from the six times a year with full moon and high tide, but the street flooded to groin level, and only once the house took on two inches of water.
    Setting aside in preparation food and water, the event was five days. We rationed, and then did without. In fact, my Jeep, was lifted and carried away by the waters of the flood.
    Unless you decide to stay, evacuate early. The community had security issues. We stayed. Looters from outside of the community did enter. A County Executive, said to, “Stand Your Ground”. The wishy-washy governor went pale, but ordered curfew. It worked. Have identification on you. Also place paper in your boot under the insole, wrapped in plastic, as we were told, for your morgue ID and next of kin and, write in magic marker on your torso, your ID, and notification of kin. OK. No problem.
    The aftermath of the storm was worse. I know how to make primitive fire and made helmet coffee. Everything was peaceful for me, but most people, freaked out. Natural gas service and electric were restored the day after Thanksgiving.
    If you walk in current, place your foot forward, making certain than you have secure footing. Then, transfer your weight onto your forward foot and move along. The Rice Paddy Walk. Plenty of experience, so it makes me feel like I am 18 years old again. Your mind, is what will get you through disaster. Only weeks ago, I was driving in flood waters with my pickup truck tires totally covered. There is a technique. My Hummer, years ago, did even better. Know where your air intake is located. Measure to the ground. Then divide in half. I always use elevated air intakes. Brakelines rip if snagged. Water can get into differential vents if not plumbed high and with checkvalve. Holes in floors. Holes in weather door packings. Keep a hammer inside if you need to bust out a window and allow water to equalize in order to escape if necessary. Alot to know. After all is said and done, I feel closer to the ocean. I also know what sailors whose ships were torpedoed in WW2, went through.
    Plan. Prepare. Drill.


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