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Staying Safe in Flood Conditions

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If you live or spent any significant time in Charleston, you have undoubtedly witnessed how quickly flood conditions develop. In downtown Charleston, even a modest rain can result in as much as three feet of water on city roads. As the result of frequent flooding, residents of Charleston and areas along the South Carolina coast can become jaded to the dangers that flood conditions pose. Accidents caused by flood conditions can often be fatal. Be aware of the facts regarding the dangers posed by flooding, and follow our safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe.

Preparing for Flood Conditions

Charleston, the entire Low Country, and the Grand Strand are all at an increased risk of flooding due to their close proximity to the ocean. These areas are subject to storm surges, heavy tropical rains, and flooding caused by high tides. Even areas in the Midlands are at an increased risk of flooding due to their low elevation and the abundance of lakes, rivers, and waterways that dot the landscape. Knowing precautions to take if you live in a flood prone area can help minimize flooding and reduce the damaging impacts. Prior to a flood, be sure to do the following:

  • Know what flood zone you are in. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a system of maps that chart areas prone to flooding. To determine your flood zone, simply look up the area in which you live at FEMA’s online Flood Map Service Center
  • If you are in an area prone to floods, purchase flood insurance on your home and property
  • Keep drainage channels and pipes free of debris
  • Assemble a flood disaster kit for your family in case of emergency

Driving During A Flood

According to the National Weather Service, floods cause more deaths than any other storm-related hazard. Over half of all flood-related deaths occur due to driving in floodwaters. Many flood-related deaths can be prevented if drivers are aware of the dangers and take the necessary precautions. Safety tips for driving in flood conditions include:

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Six inches of water can knock a person down, and a foot of water can sweep your car away
  • Move to higher ground if there is a flash flood warning. Flash floods are the number one cause of flood-related deaths
  • If it looks as if there are flood conditions ahead, turn your car around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters
  • Be especially careful at night when it can be harder to detect water in the road

In addition to the dangers posed by floodwaters, wet roads and bridges can result in increases in car accidents and collisions due to skidding and hydroplaning

Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured due to a car accident or as a result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury and car accident attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us for a consultation on your case.

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