Tips to protect yourself and home during the Las Vegas monsoon

Flash Flood season is July through September, but floods can happen at any time during the year without warning.

This year, the Regional Flood Control District's new motto is, "Water Always Wins." Its goal is to build more storm drains across the valley and remind people on how to stay safe during monsoon season.

Floods kill more people than any other natural disaster in the world. Flash floods in Clark County have proven to be deadly when they suddenly bring fast flowing water that can catch motorists by surprise. 

So how can you protect yourself?

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If you are in a vehicle:

  • Don't drive through flooded road or around barricades
  • As little as six inches of fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway
  • If you get stuck in a car, it may be safer to stay in the vehicle
  • Be cautious at night as flooding can be hard to spot

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For your home:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in case power goes out, including water, food, first aid kit and battery-operated radio
  • Get sandbags if you live in a flood-prone area
  • Put items above flood line in home 
  • Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect after you buy it 

MonsoonSafety.org gives more details on how to be safe in a monsoon.

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