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Flood Safety Awareness Week 2011: March 14-18

National Flood Safety Awareness Week runs March 14-18, 2011. Too often, people do not seriously consider the dangers of flooding until the aftermath of an event. Floods can arrive within minutes or over a period of time; they can destroy buildings, roads and bridges, and take human lives. Flood Safety Awareness Week is designed to raise awareness and better prepare the public before a flood occurs.

51 flood events have been recorded in Concord since 1993, with 4 injuries, $13.5 million of property damage, and $2 million in crop damage. Flash flooding is the most common local flood occurrence, and has caused the most damage and the only flood-related injuries.

Floods are one of the deadliest weather-related killers in the United States (averaging 106 deaths per year), second only to heat.  Over half of flood-related deaths occur when people drive into flooded roadways or simply walk through moving water.  Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet.  A depth of two feet will float most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles.  While most floods cannot be prevented, there are simple steps you can take to protect your life and property:

  • If flooding occurs, move to higher ground immediately.
  • Do not allow children to play near high water, storm drains, or ditches. Hidden dangers often lie beneath the water.
  • Flooded roadways can have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive on a flooded road.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams or washes...particularly when threatening weather conditions exist.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Remember, Turn around, don’t drown!

As mentioned in the list above, under no circumstances should you attempt to drive on a flooded road. This video from Freeport, Maine shows why.

 

Even though it may appear that you can make it through the water, this flooded section of road is quickly destroyed and would be a very dangerous place to drive at the wrong time.

The following photos show exactly what you should not do:

 

 A bold, yet unnecessarily dangerous move.  Driving around barricades and through flood waters, as this driver did on Old Airport Road in Concord, can be a fatal decision.

Flood-prone roads in Concord include:

Stough Road; Honeycutt Circle, SE; Georgia Street, SW; Old Airport Road; Davidson Highway; Poplar Tent Road; Barnhardt Avenue; Brown Street, NW; Brookwood Avenue, NE; Burrage Road, NE; Groff Street, NWMontford Avenue, NW; Chelwood Drive, NW; Miramar Street, NE; and Branchview Drive.

In addition, several of the City’s parks and greenways are located in flood-prone areas (one of the only ways to make good use of such land), including Caldwell, Dorton, Beverly Hills, and McGee Parks, and the McEachern and Village Greenways. Please do not attempt to use these facilities during flood events. 

 

Typical Floodplain Elevation Diagram

A floodplain elevation diagram can show how your home and property may be affected by floodwaters.

 

Concord’s Floodplain Management Team

The City of Concord takes a proactive approach to preparing for floods and other emergencies. Although it is not possible to control nature, we can control how our preparedness to respond. The City’s Floodplain Management Team consists of coworkers from several departments who are ready to assist you, including:

Please visit Planning and Neighborhood Development's Flood Maps page on the City’s website for more information about Flood Awareness. Some of the available resources include:

 

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Concord Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan identified flooding as one of the most likely community natural hazard risks.  This plan provides historical information on the Community's flood risk and outlines mitigation strategies to reduce those risks.  Click here to download the document.

 

Additional Resources 

Neighborhood Presentation

Sam the Disaster Horse Coloring Book

The Great Storm and Flood Recovery Coloring Book

Please visit the FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program website at floodsmart.gov.