Several people have died from a record flood that has devastated areas surrounding the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota.
According to The Associated Press, approximately 60 miles of roads have been closed in Cass County, N.D. In Fargo, the Red River crested at about 40 feet on April 9, which is the fourth highest level in a city that is prone to flooding because of its snowy winters.
More than 400 National Guard members were deployed to Cass County in order to assist in evacuation efforts, the media outlet reported. Last week, two hunters were found dead in a flooded river west of Fargo.
Spring flooding is common in certain areas of the United States, especially in locations that were hit with significant amounts of snowfall during the winter. Although most Americans will be asked to evacuate their homes in the event of an incoming natural disaster, there are cases when flooding strikes quickly, which requires certain self-survival measures.
MySurvivalTips.com recommends that residents turn off all electrical appliances before the water arrives. Outdoor furniture should be brought indoors, and essential items should be brought to an upper floor.
If individuals are forced to leave their homes during a flood, the website advises that people avoid six inches or more of moving water. Trying to navigate through a moving stream can lead to a fall and increase the risk of being hit by debris.
When walking through any amount of water, residents should use a stick to check the depth in front of them as well as the firmness of the ground.