Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Flooding

Day 5 of Severe Weather Preparedness Week across the Carolinas focuses on lightning and flooding.

Here is an article we wrote in 2021 regarding lightning which is the day 5 topic for North Carolina in Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Click here.

In 2021, the United States had a record low number of lightning deaths – none of them occurring in North Carolina or South Carolina. Out of the 11 deaths, 10 of them were males. The age of the fatalities ranged from 13 to 71.

Day 5 of Severe Weather Preparedness Week in South Carolina discussed flooding.

“The state’s low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine flooding.” – National Weather Service.

Heat and flooding are the top two weather related killers in the United States. It takes just 6 inches of water to sweep you off your feet, but more shockingly just 18 inches of water could move most SUVs. Never cross a flooded area. Not only is it hard to tell how deep the water is, but it is also impossible to know the condition of the road underneath of the water. Never drive around traffic barricades that close flooded roads. Turn around and find an alternate route.

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If you know what to do before, during and after a flood, your life and property will be better protected.


  • Avoid building in flood prone areas
  • Prepare your home. Have access to sandbags or other materials.
  • Review your insurance policy. Flood insurance is usually not part of most insurance policies.
  • Have your emergency flood plan in place. Make sure every member in your house is aware of this plan. Do not forget about the pets – they need to be included in this plan.
  • Assemble an emergency kit. This kit should include food, water, medicine, batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit and a NOAA weather radio.


  • Move to higher ground immediately. Do not wait to be told.
  • Obey evacuation orders. If you stay you’re not only putting your life at risk, but emergency personnel’s as well.
  • Practice electrical safety.
  • This is a big one! DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED WATERS. Turn around, don’t drown.


  • Wait for the All Clear given by authorities.
  • Stay informed. Is the water safe to drink? Is there a boil water notice? How are roads? etc..