National Flood Safety Awareness Week

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - During National Flood Safety Awareness Week, Illinois residents are encouraged to learn more about flooding and what they can do to stay safe.

March 14-18 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) representatives have begun meeting with local officials in several areas of the state to prepare for potential spring flooding.

Nearly 100 flood-related deaths occur in the U.S. each year, according to IEMA. The most dangerous type of flooding is a flash flood. Most flash floods are caused by slow-moving thunderstorms and occur most frequently at night.

Six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult off their feet and it only takes 18-24 inches of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

IEMA and NWS have developed a Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, it includes information about floods as well as tips on what people should do before, during and after a flood. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois web site at

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