My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.
Today’s disaster is...
FLOODS are caused when an excess of rain causes rivers and lakes to swell past their normal size and leak water on both sides. Floods can also occur when there’s so much rain that the ground can’t soak it up fast enough, so the water just keeps getting higher. Flashfloods can happen even without signs of rain, and are so fast that they can sweep away cars.
FACT: Two feet of water can carry away an SUV.
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Floods can happen during hurricanes, tropical storms and severe thunderstorms, and can occur from damage after earthquakes and even volcano eruptions.
Not only do floods cover roadways, subways and bridges but houses, too, causing tremendous damage and many deaths. They also fill sewage systems, which results in human sewage getting mixed into the flood waters, causing waterborne diseases.
FACT: One inch of rainfall in an hour can cause flooding in urban areas.
If there’s a flood warning where you live, sandbags are a great defense along doors to stop water from getting in, but you’d need several bags to keep back floodwaters that are over a foot deep.
In case of a flood, seek higher ground.
FACT: A flood that hit China in 1931 caused 2,500,000–3,700,000 deaths.
QUESTION: What cherished possession would you try to save from a flood?
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