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How Thunderstorms Lead to Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

From lightning strikes to wind impacts, when nature's forces combine into a thunderstorm, extensive damage can occur. While all of these things are dangerous, it is important to note that most flash floods are a direct result of thunderstorms, which are the most prevalent weather-related killer in the U.S. 

So how does a thunderstorm lead to flash flood, and can those that might be affected prepare? Our flash flood FAQ has the answers!



What is a flash flood? Typically, flash floods are caused by thunderstorms that spend a large amount of time over one area or brief storms that expel a significant amount of precipitation in a short time. The amount of water expelled is too much for the ground to handle, leading to a sudden accumulation of floodwater.

What makes flash floods so dangerous? Experts believe that it is due to how quickly they can occur and how often they are underestimated. For example, just six inches of floodwater can knock an adult off his or her feet.  

Why should I worry about flash floods if I do not live on a floodplain? In recent years, experts have seen an uptick in areas affected by flooding that have not been historically prone to them. Even without living in a known floodplain, it is important to be prepared.

What should I do if there is flash flooding in my area? Never attempt to cross or drive through flood waters for any reason, and move to high ground immediately until help arrives or flood waters subside.

What should I do if my home is damaged by a flash food? With water damage, it is important to get the cleanup process started as soon as possible. Find a certified flood restoration company in your area with a 24/7 response time to start restoration right away. 



In order to stay safe when flash flooding is likely, it is important to know the various levels of warning the weather service will issue.

1.Flash Flood Advisory: A flash flood advisory means to be aware. Flooding might occur in limited areas and is not severe enough to warrant a warning, but can cause serious danger if precaution is not taken.

2. Flash Flood Watch: Conditions imply that it is likely a flash flood will occur. It is not guaranteed or currently happening, but experts believe it is highly possible.

3. Flash Flood Warning: When flash flooding is imminent or currently happening, a flash flood warning is issued and all should move to higher ground right away.


If your home has been damaged by a storm or flash flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help!Call us 24/7 with your restoration needs at 732-752-4445.

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