Friday and Saturday saw heavy raining in Southern Utah, including record breaking rain fall in Cedar City of 2.25 inches, breaking the previous all-time daily record of 2.1 inches set back in September 1967.
Many people don’t realize that flooding is not covered under standard insurance policies. For coverage you must have a separate “Flood Policy”. If you live in an area prone to flooding it can be a good idea to purchase the coverage. If you live in an area that is designated as a floodplain you are often required to carry flood insurance.
There some things you can do to protect your home from flooding such as constructing barriers and planning landscaping to direct water away from your home. Also consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into your home. For more information visit www.ready.gov/floods.
Flooding can also be dangerous for vehicles. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Remember “Turn around, don’t drown.”