9 facts about flash flooding

KUSA – Around this time of year, flash flooding is a huge threat in Colorado, especially when spring showers roll through our state.

9NEWS' partners at the Weather Channel report more than 10,000 people have been killed in the United States since 1990 due to flash flooding.

Read: Flooding warnings issued across Colorado

In Colorado, the most destructive flash floods - in terms of casualties - was the Big Thompson Canyon flood of 1976. During that flood, 140 people were killed.

One of the biggest problems for people during the Big Thompson Canyon flood is that the tried to outrun the rushing water. That's a big mistake.

  1. Never try to outrun a flash flood. Instead, climb to safety. Continue moving up, rather than forward
  2. 66 percent of flood deaths occur in vehicles
  3. Six inches of rapidly moving flood water has the power to knock a person over
  4. Two feet of water has the power to float a vehicle as large as a bus
  5. Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires
  6. If your skin comes in to contact with flood water it's important to wash it quickly with soap due to unknown contents in the water
  7. Flash floods can produce walls of water 10 to 20 feet high
  8. All 50 states deal with flash flooding
  9. Most flash flooding is caused by thaw and heavy rain showers

9NEWS Reporter Kevin Torres is working on a story about flash flooding and will have more on 9NEWS at 4 5 and 6 p.m.

Facts provided by 9NEWS' partners at the Weather Channel.

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