Flash Flooding Myths and Truths
What is a flash flood?
A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed.
MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.
TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.
MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.
TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.
MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.
TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.