City participates in Flood Awareness Week
May 22 – 26 is Flood Awareness Week in Texas. Flooding and flash flooding can threaten residents’ safety, property and occupations at any time of the year. It is important that Pearland residents prepare for potentially sudden and violent storms.
While dangerous floods and flash floods are possible throughout the year, they often have a higher frequency during spring and summer from thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes. Intense rainfall or slow-moving storms that track over the same areas can cause a rapid rise of water, and flash floods can develop within minutes.
Planning and preparing is key to reducing loss of life and property during floods. Residents should follow the safety tips below:
- Be familiar with the implications of flood watches and warnings
- Assemble a preparedness kit of supplies
- Develop a communications strategy for reaching friends and family in case of emergency
- Designate a meeting place in case of evacuation
- Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media
- Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area
- Never drive or walk through flooded streets
Residents should also remember to be mindful or signs and barriers warning of flood dangers. Always “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” – you could save your life or the life of a loved one.
Learn more about floods and floodplains at the City’s floodplain webpage.