Flash Floods Can Be Deadly–Learn How To Prepare
Spring and summer rainfalls can be heavy and can produce flash floods in a matter of hours. In Minnesota, floods kill more people than any other weather event–15 people have died in floods since 1993.
In August 2007, a deadly flood occurred in southeast Minnesota that killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. A state record for rainfall was set at Hokah — 15.1 inches in 24 hours — while several other areas received more than 8 inches of rain.
Nationally, floods claim nearly 200 lives each year, force 300,000 persons from their homes, and result in property damage in excess of $2 billion.
About 75 percent of flash-flood deaths occur at night. Half of the victims die in automobiles or other vehicles. Many deaths occur when people drive around road barricades that clearly indicate the road is washed out ahead.
It helps to be prepared. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) website provides information about what to do before and during a flood.
Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled
A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm. Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.