Philly under flash flood watch — take these safety precautions

Justin Udo
July 25, 2018 - 8:26 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The heavy rains have led local officials to put the area under a flash flood watch.

During the watch, there are certain precautions you should take to help ensure your safety.

CBS 3 meteorologist Kate Bilo said some areas north and west of Philadelphia will see upward of 3 inches of rain.

"If it sits over one particular area for an extended period of time, you do run the risk for flash flooding," she said.

The water may look shallow to you, but assume it's deeper and more dangerous than it looks. Six inches of water can knock you off your feet, and 2 feet of water can carry a car or truck away.

"We always say 'turn around, don't drown' — that's the biggest. If you can't see the bottom or if you see rushing water, don't try to drive through it," she added.

Flash flooding may not be ideal, but it's not as bad as our neighbors to the west.

"We've had the closure of Hersheypark — that hasn't happened in many, many years. They are saying it's the worst flooding since 2011," Bilo said.

The next few days have the potential for a lot of flash flooding.