According to the National Weather Service, the rain in the San Francisco Bay Area has reached conditions that may lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a dangerous situation usually resulted by heavy rain or meltwater from ice or snow. What makes flash floods so dangerous is their sudden nature and fast-moving water. A flash flood watch may be “issued for potential flooding from either dam breaks, ice jam breaks, or torrential downpours”.
People underestimate the dangers of flash flooding because they don’t realize that a vehicle provides little to no protection against being swept away. More than 50% of the fatalities associated with flash floods involve people being swept away in vehicles across flooded intersections. As little as two feet of water is generally adequate to carry away most SUV-sized vehicles.
This flash flood warning will be active for the next 17 hours, through Friday morning. According to the National Weather Service, it is expected that heavy rainfall will result in localized flash flooding and that addition rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches will be expected in the affected areas through tonight. The primary effects include rapid rises in streams and creeks likely resulting in exceeding bankful, river flooding with potential rock and mud slides, and localized bonding of water on low lying roadways with poor drainage. Check out these tips from Ready, from the Department of Homeland Security, to prepare for a flash flood.
The areas affected by this warning include the Northern Monterey Bay, the San Francisco Peninsula Coast, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Lucia Mountains, and Los Padres National Forest. If you live in or close to any of these areas, please be careful while driving. If you run into any problems with your vehicle or fall victim to the potential flash flooding, give us a call at 415-386-2283 and we will help you to the best of our abilities.
Contributor: Smruthi Sriram