More people die each year from flooding than do from lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related. Protect yourself by following these tips:
- Learn the safest route from your home or business to higher, safer ground, but stay tuned to reports of changing flood conditions.
- If emergency officials tell you to evacuate or leave your home, go immediately to a safe shelter, hotel or relative’s house.
- Turn of all utilities, gas and electricity at the main switch. Stay away from power lines and electrical lines. Be alert for gas leaks.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood related deaths. Currents can be deceptive; just six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than in any other location. Vehicles also push water into homes and cause additional property damage.
The city is in the process of installing high-water warning flashers in the most flood-prone areas. To learn what to do during a flash flood, go to Turn Around Don’t Drown, or view the street flooding animation to see what happens to your vehicle in high water.
Flood Warning System
The Emergency Alert System will notify City of Fort Worth residents via local radio and TV, if flooding is imminent and if evacuation of the City is advised.
Additionally, the NOAA Weather Station Radio broadcasts weather information including warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information at 162.550 megahertz 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the National Weather Service Office in North Central Texas. The local contact number is 817-429-2631. Please call in reference to evacuation notices, procedures and shelters.