Serving the St. Louis Region, Mid-Missouri and Metro East

Serving the St. Louis Region, Mid-Missouri and Metro East

Severe Weather Week – Flash Flood


Today’s topic is something we at IFS are all too familiar with; flooding.  Severe weather comes in many forms and in most cases it brings rain.  As we know, excessive heavy rains can cause flooding.  Flash flooding poses many risks and most underestimate the power of water.  Low water crossings are especially dangerous when water rises quickly, cars can be easily swept away.  Below are a few facts:

  • Six inches of moving water can knock a person over
  • Two feet of water will make most vehicles float
  • Each foot of water exerts 500 pounds of force
  • In 2015 there were 27 flood deaths; 23 of them involved vehicles

Never drive into a flooded area and be cautious at night, as the dangers of flooding are often hidden in darkness.  We also want to avoid camping along streams/rivers when there is potential for flash flooding.  Watching the weather forecast will help assist planning your daily activities.

For more information about how IFS helps keep their employees safe even after they go home, call us today at 636-680-2100 and ask for Mike Schwaller.