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April 07, 2015

F is for Flood


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...
FLOOD

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.

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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130 comments:

Sophie Duncan said...

Floods are one thing we have faced in the UK in recent years, the worst I remember for me being the Boscastle flood that swept away most of the lower part of the village near the bay, because I know Boscastle, the shops, and some of the people, and to see it all washed into the sea was horrible. Cars were running down the hill in the torrents like they were children's toys.

If I had to save one cherished possession from a flood it would have to be by NAS drive - there's lots of sentimental stuff I own, but that has all my fiction on it!

Sophie
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Unknown said...

I'd take my computer--it has all my pictures, books, family recipes--would HATE to lose that.

Rhonda Albom said...

One inch of rain an hour doesn't seem like enough to cause flooding, pretty scary.

nashvillecats2 said...

Yes, we get our fair share of floods here,
A great post which held my interest,
Yvonne.

CA Heaven said...

Flooding comes every spring when the snow in the mountains melt, that's for sure. Not everywhere every year, but somewhere.

Cold As Heaven

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

If they'd stop building on the flood planes around here and actually maintain the waterways like they used to we wouldn't have so much of a problem when there is a deluge. Local authorities are morons! Anyway, to your question, most of my valued possessions are upstairs, but if they weren't I'd be grabbing my hard drives and the cats.
Tasha
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Chrys Fey said...

Floods can be mighty powerful.That would've been horrifying to see.

I'd save my flash drives too! And my kitties. <3

Chrys Fey said...

Very smart.

Chrys Fey said...

Floods can get bad very quickly.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Yvonne.

Chrys Fey said...

Yeah, no place is ever safe from a flood.

Chrys Fey said...

I'd be grabbing my hard drives and cats too!

Pat Hatt said...

Ewww to the water born diseases, my ocd will never look at floods the same again haha

Chrys Fey said...

LOL!!!!! I guess your OCD is worse than mine. :P

Unknown said...

Other than my family, I think I'd have to save my flash drive and my laptop. I had no idea that it only took 2 feet of water to carry away an SUV. Scary.

Shell Flower said...

Floods are truly damaging and bad. I'd try to save my cat first, then my laptop, I guess. Hard to say.

Trisha said...

It's pretty rare to get floods where I live, but I have definitely had to drive through scarily deep torrents of water on certain urban streets in flash flooding before. Thankfully they weren't bad enough to sweep my car away!

Jennifer Hawes said...

We get tons of flooding here in the spring after the ice/snow melts up North. The Mississippi River is only about a mile from my house. Thankfully, I live on a big hill! I'd save my kids:)

Cherdo said...

In a flood, I'd grab my children's baby books and the backup drive to the computer (it's separate from the CPU). I'd be yelling for the other family members to grab the violin and guitar and a couple of really old family pictures. Coco can swim...but she'd be somewhere in the mix.

This makes me wish I had a canoe, though.

Nice post, Chrys!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The swans seem to be enjoying the water.
We get flooding here after hurricanes.

Tamara Narayan said...

There was a flood in our neighborhood after a hurricane's remnants came through. Our street was under water, but we were lucky our house sat on a bit of a hill. Our neighbors across the street lost everything in their basements.

I would want to save my family and pets first, computer second (for the writing), and then my art work.

emaginette said...

Old pictures. That is something I can't replace. :-)

Anna from Elements of Writing

Stephen Tremp said...

We have our pics digitally backed up. So its our lives we would save and let everything else go to hell. It's all replaceable.

nashvillecats2 said...

Chrys, was just about to publish your comment when I pressed delete by mistake, I have these new specs today and am still getting used to them.
I am sorry.as I value your comments.
Yvonne

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Probably just pictures and my laptop. We're unlikely to get flooded where we live now but during hurricane Ivan we had surface water find its way into our basement for the first time ever. People underestimate the power of water.

Unknown said...

The closest thing to a flood I've experienced is when all the snow melted in the spring and dripped into my basement. Scary stuff.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I would probably save the family and the dog. Everything else is replaceable :D (And the dog can't swim). We have slow floods in Hungary in the spring. We sometimes go and watch them from the levees and eat ice cream. :D

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Timothy S. Brannan said...

We had a huge flood back in the early 90s when I lived in Southern Illinois.

I would save my kids and grab the harddrive with all our pics on it. I would be tempted to save my collection of old and rare books, but I know that would be a lost cause.

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S. L. Hennessy said...

Floods can be awful. I remember post-Katrina. But I love that those swans made lemonade out of lemons.

Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
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J.H. Moncrieff said...

Ah, now this disaster I'm intimately familiar with. Part of our province floods every year, but it's not from rain--it's from piles upon piles of snow melting too fast. Thankfully, we have a floodway which can be opened to save the city. A lot of rural people suffer each year, but the city is always protected.

What would I save? Definitely my animals. They're my number one priority in an emergency.

Sara C. Snider said...

Wow, what a terrible flood for China. :( I love the picture with the swans--it's a beautiful image for what is otherwise an unfortunate event.

And I'd save my cats, without a question. :)

Lidy said...

There's a town in a neighboring county that always gets flash floods because of severe rain storms. But if it was me, I'd grab my kids (and have them grab some books), then my drives, Chromebook and my wallet.

Jay Noel said...

We had our Great Flood of '93 in St. Louis. I'll never forget it. I saw whole towns getting destroyed. It was quite scary.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Family first .. . and then, I'm not sure. Most of everything I have is replaceable, except maybe photos or writing on my pc - which I try to "backup" with e-mail regularly as well as with a home wireless backup system. I've never experienced a flood like that, although we used to have our back yard flood like a series of ponds in the rainiest seasons.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Some great information today. As for your question, since I live alone I can get out of the obvious "My spouse, my child, my cat" reply. As my writing is very precious to me, I"d save whatever I could of any hard copy stories I've written and have not transcribed to the computer. And yes, there are plenty. I'd also try to save the several volumes of my personal journal dating as far back as 1984, even though I've transcribed these to files on my computer. And all files are backed up to an online server. So they are not necessary to save, but as long as we are just pretending, I'll pretend they are that important to me.

diedre Knight said...

We get flash floods here nearly every monsoon. You'd think folks would learn not drive around barricades; fatalities are all too common.

Chrys Fey said...

For us writer, flash drives and laptops are the first things we'd grab in any disaster.

Chrys Fey said...

I have four cats I'd need to save. And they'd probably run and hide, so that would be hard and I'd be panicking.

Chrys Fey said...

That's good! There's nothing you can do if your car is swept away by a flood.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank goodness for that hill!

Chrys Fey said...

My characters in Hurricane Crime used a canoe in a flood. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, plus severe thunderstorms cause flooding in a lot of places here in Central Florida.

Chrys Fey said...

That's terrible. Basements are the first to fill up.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

My basement flooded the first year I lived here. Had to get new sump pump, but it didn't affect the neighborhood.

Chrys Fey said...

You're right, Anna.

Chrys Fey said...

Very true, Stephen. You've got a good head on your shoulders. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay. I can stop by again. I think I remember what I said. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Water can be fierce. It can carve stone!

Chrys Fey said...

Basements are the first to be effected. I don't have one, though.

Chrys Fey said...

Poor doggy. I'd try to save my kitties, but there's four of them and they scare so easily.

Chrys Fey said...

Trying to save books would be difficult though I'd be tempted too.

Chrys Fey said...

The swans could swim in anything, anywhere. They don't mind. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Snow melting is a big cause.

My kitties are mine too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It's an interesting perspective with those swans, isn't it?

So would I. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Kids can sure help out to gran valuables.

Chrys Fey said...

That does sound scary.

Chrys Fey said...

You should try Dropbox, Tyrean. It's a lot easier to backup writing than sending yourself emails.

Chrys Fey said...

All great things to save, Jeffrey.

Chrys Fey said...

Some people become dumb during disasters.

Chrys Fey said...

That's very unlucky!

Mary Kirkland said...

Here in Las Vegas we get flash floods during the monsoon season starting in July. It was rain really heavy for a couple of hours, flooding the streets and then go away. The city has put in flood channels and rebuilt some of the streets so that they drain better. When I first moved here there was an underpass called the Charleston underpass that would flood with enough water to swallow cars completely and it would take days to get it cleaned up. A few years ago the city rebuilt the street so that the flood waters drained better. But we still have really bad flooding here. During the monsoon season the local news stations always tell us to Turn Around Don't Drown. Which means never try to cross a flooded street because you don't know how deep the water is.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys - floods can be so dangerous .. people just don't realise. We've had some excessive rainfall here in recent years, which has somewhat swamped areas .. as there's not enough space for a run off. Sophie's Boscastle floods were extraordinary .. and I've been marooned in Eastbourne from the flood waters ... but not serious here I'm pleased to say.

Cheers and saving something .. probably be me - !!! Cheers Hilary

Lidy said...

Of course they'd grab their favorite toys first, lol.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'd probably be too worried that everyone made it out safely to save anything else. My heart goes out to all of the people who've lost their livelihoods to catastrophic floods.

Julie

Sarah Foster said...

Luckily I've never experienced a flood. I think I'd have to grab my cat before anything because if he got wet there's a good chance there will also be bloodshed...

Jane said...

Yes, in several situations. If the ground is frozen and there is a sudden rain or thawing, there is nowhere for the water to go. Hence, flooding.

Also along coastal highways or heavily built up areas where natural habitat has been taken over by concrete and highways so when it rains, there is nowhere for the water to go, no ground or plants to suck up the water. It will flood the highway and any low-lying land.

Jane said...

Urban development has to take a turn world wide, especially in developed or industrialized areas. Destruction of trees and other flora mean there's nothing to soak up the water, either a result of melting snow or increased rainfall. With nowhere for the water to go, you're going to have floods. See photo of industrialized Worcester, MA,.above, which receives significant amounts of snowfall in winter. NYC is learning its lesson and reinstituting beach, planting seagrasses etc. along the coastlines to soak up the water from rainfall.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Hi Chrys,

Floods are quite common where I come from. The last one was recently in Kashmir. Traumatic! and heartbreaking.

I don't know what I'd save in a flood - the family of course first thing, and then maybe a mobile phone, passports and/or bottles of water/biscuits to last us till help arrives? If there's time, then I'd take the laptop too, I 'd lose quite a bit of my work otherwise :)

Best
Nilanjana

Jane said...

In honor of Passover, I nominate FROGS. There was a documented flooding 3000 years ago, which resulted in Burgundy Blood algae or Oscillatoria rubescens, which significantly multiples in slow-moving warm waters with high levels of nutrition, and which would have forced the stressed frogs to exit the water where they lived.

In nature, everything has a consequence.

Anonymous said...

You'd think living in Michigan, I'd seen floods, but nope. Although currently, our garage is flooded with a few inches of water... well, ice. It flooded then got cold and froze. At least our car wasn't inside when that happened.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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D.G. Hudson said...

Probably my camera and memory sticks with photos would be the things I'd try to save. I'd grab hubs first of course. And a water bottle or two.

Chrys Fey said...

Why, of course! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Swallow cars? That's a lot of water! I wouldn't want to be on the cleanup crew.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think you already know we went through the 2010 flood in Nashville and had to rebuild our home. Sucked! We just bought a house and finally will be able to put this one up for sale (five years post-flood). It's finally worth more than we owe on it, thanks to home values going up in Nashville--but still about $20,000 less than I paid for it nine years ago.

Chrys Fey said...

So many disasters that involve water and wind people don't realize how devastating and dangerous they can be.

I hope you'd save yourself! :P

Chrys Fey said...

People with big families in their house must panic during disasters. I know I'd panic trying to locate my kitty family and bring them to safety.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! Bloodshed and a flood do not mix. :P

Chrys Fey said...

You're absolutely right. We've done so much damage and built ourselves up so much that disasters are worse because of it.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm sorry for the flood that hit Kashmir. My heart goes out to all impacted by it.

Passports! That's a good one that I never thought of.

Chrys Fey said...

That's a very good thing your car wasn't inside the garage when that water froze. You'd be stranded. Or using the bus. Or hitching a ride with someone.

Chrys Fey said...

Grabbing water and some kind of canned goods is always a good idea.

Chrys Fey said...

That truly sucks! I'm sorry you had to go through all that, but I'm super happy that you bought a house.

Chrys Fey said...

You're right about that. In Florida, those coastal highways flood easily during hurricanes and tropical storms. And whole neighborhoods will also flood.

J E Oneil said...

I've seen a few nasty floods. Nothing quite disastrous, but still pretty bad. If there was ever a serious one, I'd have to save my cats first. Then my laptop.

Chrys Fey said...

That's fascinating! Who knew a flood could do that? I sure wouldn't want to live near there and have all the frogs all over everything.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I'd save my cats and if I had time I'd get my family albums and genealogy books. Our area has had an occasional flood but that's rare. We mostly need the rain.

Donna McDine said...

It's truly scary what floods can do. People must listen to the warnings and flee before it's too late!

Lisa Thomson said...

Scary!! I would escape with my writing 'stick', the portable files. Of course, my purse and phone are always within reach in case of emergency. Great tips, Chrys. Again, I could see this weaved into a story to add drama.

Liz A. said...

One thing I'd save from a flood? Probably my computer with all my novels.

Nick Wilford said...

Family and laptop! Flooding has been a big problem in the UK recently. Never been caught in one but it's scary stuff.

Chrys Fey said...

Saving out furry friends is on the top of many of our lists to save if a flood ever hit.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you guys get the rain but not too much this year. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Listening to the warnings saves lives. More people should pay attention to them.

Chrys Fey said...

Having your purse and phone close by is a good thing. Mine are always close too. There's a flood in Hurricane Crimes. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Good idea!

Chrys Fey said...

Laptop is a common answer. Probably because most of us are writers. ;)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Not a fan of flooding, it's messy and it get's to be reaky... Welcome in the letter "F"... thank you!
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Sandra Wilkes said...

I've never been in a flood but the pictures I've seen in real life are unbelievable. I need to think about what I would grab to save....i don't really know.

Romi said...

There seem to be more and more floods in many places of the world these days... I hope I can save my laptop computer

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sage said...

Considering where I live, if I have left long before the flooding, I'd be grabbing my kayak cause I'll have a lot of paddling to do.

betty said...

Interesting question; not sure which treasured possession. I'd probably have to take one of hubby's guitars, LOL, he would want to try to save all he could. I'd have to say my old falling apart Bible because I've written lots of things in it over the years. I've never been in a flood; I usually am the opposite, living in droughts or deserts.

betty

J.L. Campbell said...

I'd try and same my books document from flood waters. Congrats on getting your site up.

Anonymous said...

I had major car damage once. The water was about two feet high. My car didn't float away, but some close by did. I'd take my laptop. If I couldn't take it, then my flash drive.

kaykuala said...

Floods can be most devastating. It can cause river banks to collapse and low-lying areas are at their mercy. Communications are at a standstill and rescue efforts are stunted all compounding the situation. What to save? Perhaps important documents take priority!

Hank

Unknown said...

Flash flooding happens often in my area. As the saying goes: turn around, don't drown. Floods sure are scary.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

As a kid our home flooded often, it sucked! We live in a flood free zone now, but with the drought in Ca., I think everywhere is a flood free zone now.

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Unknown said...

I always feared fire, but I heard that fire damage can actually be better than water damage. Fire leaves very little behind, so you only miss what you can remember. Water ruins pretty much everything and leaves it all behind for you to see. The devastation can be overwhelming. Add that to being able to carry an SUV off in 2 inches and water is now my first fear.

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Unknown said...

There's been floods in Nigeria in the last last year or two, wasn't affected personally, but it was generally a devastating experience.

Clare said...

"FACT: Two feet of water can carry away an SUV."

Yikes, that's a scary fact! Interesting A-Z theme though! :D

Anonymous said...

Must save laptop!!

We get a lot of flooding in Dover, DE. My mom has to evacuate her job sometimes because she works on Water St., which I'm guessing was named that way because it's the first to flood.

Chrys Fey said...

It is messy and smelly!

Chrys Fey said...

The images are unbelievable.

Chrys Fey said...

More snow is melting then ever before, and there's more rain.

Chrys Fey said...

Your kayak would save the day!

Chrys Fey said...

Saving your Bible sounds like a good idea!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, J.L.!

Chrys Fey said...

Both smart ideas. Us writers have to save our writing.

Chrys Fey said...

Important documents like passports and birth certificates should take priority, but people don't often think of those.

Chrys Fey said...

That's an interesting saying. I'll have to remember that if there's ever a flash flood here.

Chrys Fey said...

Probably. I hope California gets some relief soon.

Chrys Fey said...

Fire is my biggest fear, but it actually revitalizes the land and brings new growth.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm sorry! I'm praying for those affected.

Chrys Fey said...

Glad you find my theme interesting, Clare. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Water Street sounds like a place that would flood.

Unknown said...

Now here's one disaster I am most familiar with :D During my childhood years in Middle East, I witnessed one flood which was the worst of many years and I had an important final exam too on the same day :P Next one was 10 years later in Mumbai, India where the floods got so bad during monsoons that we had to stay overnight at the office and got to return home only the next day afternoon. Floods are definitely harmful if we aren't careful.

Chrys Fey said...

Did you get out of the exam? :P

Birgit said...

Floods are horrible and Toronto had one last year from one big rainfall. Thankfully we didn't get near as much. I would save pictures as once they are gone, they are gone for good

Chrys Fey said...

I know it's not the same thing, but you could scan those irreplaceable pictures so you can have them on the computer. You could also save them on a flashdrive, email them to you or use Dropbox to store them.

Bevimus said...

We got a decent amount of flooding after hurricane Sandy, too- wiped out part of the bike path along the river. We weren't low to be affected the house, thankfully.

Chrys Fey said...

Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of damage.