Flash Floods in San Luis Obsipo
In the central coast we have had our fair share of thunderstorms. However, it is important to be aware of how they can be dangerous, and how you can be prepared. Here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we wanted to share some vital information on how thunderstorms and dangerous flash flooding are connected.
Slow moving thunderstorms may be the cause of most flash floods, often ones that move repeatedly over the same area, or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical storms do not often make their way to the central coast because of the cooler temperature in the Pacific Ocean.
Flash floods can develop within minutes but can also take hours - it depends on the intensity and duration of the rain, the topography of the area, the soil conditions, and the ground cover. Staying tuned in to the weather service and NOAA can help you stay informed during heavy rain events and storms.
If sudden heavy rain and rising standing water happens near you, it is advised that you avoid them if you can. If you are driving, the safest option is to pull over, turn on your hazard lights, and wait out the heavy rain conditions until the road is safer.
Once a flash flood develops, it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Flood-producing rains can also trigger secondary events, such as landslides and mudslides.
If your property has been affected with water damage by a rainstorm, please give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.