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Tips to protect yourself and home during the Las Vegas monsoon

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 19:58:32-04

Monsoons can bring strong thunderstorms and flooding to the Las Vegas valley in the summer. 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.