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HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD?

 
CuRioUsOnE
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HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD?
Can someone explain to me or show me a video of how people die in floods? 17 people recently died in a state park. I dont understand how people die from flooding, unless you dont know how to swim or pulled under by a mud slide. Water i know can be a powerful substance with enough pressure. But ive rafted on the Colorado river before and the rapids are 10x faster than a flood's. So i dont get it. Please explain....
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How do people die in lakes a rivers? Swimming pools, too?
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Can someone explain to me or show me a video of how people die in floods? 17 people recently died in a state park. I dont understand how people die from flooding, unless you dont know how to swim or pulled under by a mud slide. Water i know can be a powerful substance with enough pressure. But ive rafted on the Colorado river before and the rapids are 10x faster than a flood's. So i dont get it. Please explain....
 Quoting: CuRioUsOnE 962254


have you ever rafted the Colorado river without a raft, or life jacket?

If you cn do that, then I doubt you'll ever die in a flood OP
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Drown. bash
If at first you don't succeed, perhaps failure is more your style.
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The flood water gets into their lungs and stops air from getting to their brain and vital organs. They suffocate also known as drown.
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In a flood the water pressure increases dramatically.

The water becomes so fast that rocks and other debris are launched at around the speed of sound.

People are killed by the shrapnel.
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I camped the Great Smokey Mountains once, raned constantly. The day after I left, a couple were drowned in their tent as the creek waters overspilled the banks and washed them away.

Try getting out of a sleeping bag and a tent while you're underwater. Go on. Try it. Then you'll understand.
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Because they are caught of guard and think the waters will subside.
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Drown. bash
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Duh

OP people have drown in bathtubs.
Are you seriously asking this question?
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s/b raIned, not raned. I'm no moran ;-p
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Re: HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD?
Furthermore, how did 230,000 people die in the Indian Ocean tsunami?
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You don't just drown because you can't swim
The water like that moves...It pulls you into it.

Not to mention it throwing you into something making it harder for you to function during such a time.

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Re: HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD?
Can someone explain to me or show me a video of how people die in floods? 17 people recently died in a state park. I dont understand how people die from flooding, unless you dont know how to swim or pulled under by a mud slide. Water i know can be a powerful substance with enough pressure. But ive rafted on the Colorado river before and the rapids are 10x faster than a flood's. So i dont get it. Please explain....
 Quoting: CuRioUsOnE 962254



3 of them were crushed by a building that collapsed on them.
14 of them drowned by being caught up quickly in rushing water and not being able to swim against the current.

Just saying'
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Failure to float....
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Re: HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD?
They panic.
They let fear take control and they start doing movements that don't actually accomplish anything.

For example, rather than swim towards anything that might help keep them above water, they just kick their feet and paddle their arms going in circles until they are exhausted.

Water gets into their mouths and they start to cough thinking that they are drowning which only makes things worse.

They start to take shallow quick breaths which doesn't get enough oxygen to their muscles and they get exhausted even faster.


If you ever find yourself swept away in flood waters, you are going to be scared. Nothing can stop that. Your heart rate will go up, your breathing will change.

But you have to accept that. Try to keep your head above water. Keep air in your lungs as much as possible in case you get pulled under.

Look ahead in the direction you are being pulled and try to swim in the patch of something to grab on to. Once you are anchored, hold on with both your arms and legs so that they will last longer.

Breath deep. Think.
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I used to do kayaking on white water (fast flowing) ... in South Africa ...

decided to 'shoot' a small 3 meter drop/waterfall ... got 'sucked' into the turbulance ... took ages to resurface and had a life jacket on ...

was like a washing machine ... sucks you down and spins you around ... and just as you think you will surface, you get pulled down again ... ws lucky but kayak sunk
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In a flood the water pressure increases dramatically.

The water becomes so fast that rocks and other debris are launched at around the speed of sound.

People are killed by the shrapnel.
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ok thats exactly what i wanted to know....thanks, makes much more sense.....and no i didnt go in the colorado river with no life jacket lol
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Drown. bash



Duh

OP people have drown in bathtubs.
Are you seriously asking this question?
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Im sorry, i didnt word it correctly....i know HOW people drown......WHAT CAUSES DEATHS IN FLOODS is what i was asking smart asses lol
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Drown. bash



Duh

OP people have drown in bathtubs.
Are you seriously asking this question?



Im sorry, i didnt word it correctly....i know HOW people drown......WHAT CAUSES DEATHS IN FLOODS is what i was asking smart asses lol
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Water fills up your lungs = no more oxygen = no more life.
only last 2min with no oxygen, 2 days no water, 2 weeks no food.
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Can someone explain to me or show me a video of how people die in floods? 17 people recently died in a state park. I dont understand how people die from flooding, unless you dont know how to swim or pulled under by a mud slide. Water i know can be a powerful substance with enough pressure. But ive rafted on the Colorado river before and the rapids are 10x faster than a flood's. So i dont get it. Please explain....
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Is your name George W Bush by any chance?
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Did you really just ask this question? REALLY? No, I refuse to believe that you, who can operate a computer and navigate the internet just asked the question "HOW DO PEOPLE DIE IN A FLOOD"...

You, sir and/or madam, are an oxygen thief.
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Where do you americans get these people?
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In a flood the water pressure increases dramatically.

The water becomes so fast that rocks and other debris are launched at around the speed of sound.

People are killed by the shrapnel.



ok thats exactly what i wanted to know....thanks, makes much more sense.....and no i didnt go in the colorado river with no life jacket lol
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NP man. Actually it's a little known fact.

Most people think you die from drowning. (idiots)
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Can someone explain to me or show me a video of how people die in floods? 17 people recently died in a state park. I dont understand how people die from flooding, unless you dont know how to swim or pulled under by a mud slide. Water i know can be a powerful substance with enough pressure. But ive rafted on the Colorado river before and the rapids are 10x faster than a flood's. So i dont get it. Please explain....
 Quoting: CuRioUsOnE 962254


They died in Arkansas. the Flood came in at around 4-5 am. and the campground was in a gorge. also the water rose 20 ft in one hour.

my emails to my dad and back follows:

ok. yeah i was thinking 20 ft in an hour is quite fast, and they were sleeping. but still i do find it strange that they coudnt get away, unless they were in some sort of gorge where they could climb out [?]

i consider a flash flood like the name implies, a wall of water coming down the river...

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it is a gorge and once you get past the sand bar areas the sides of the gorge are like a jungle. The news shows men trying t get through the areas in the day time and are falling down, some areas need men on horseback to push through the vines and stuff. Picture the area below the cabin only 5 times thicker and you can see the problem of trying to get to high ground in the dark. One family got in their truck and made it out, a family right behind them in another truck never made it, that's how fast the water came up. I will save the pictures in the papers for you whenever you make a trip to the states. They are still searching for those missing.
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If you have a tree limb sticking through your Spleen, it really doesn't matter how good of a swimmer you are...
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When you go whitewater rafting for the first time, one of the cardinal rules they teach you is NEVER EVER STAND UP IN THE RIVER if the raft flips over or if you get bumped out of it.

Instead, you are taught to float with your legs up off the bottom and use your arms to swim or paddle to safety.

Why is this?

The reason is simple. Even in a calmly flowing river, the force of the flow is strong. If you try to walk on the bottom, you may step in a hole and get stuck... or you may catch your foot on a submerged tree and get stuck.

When you become stuck, the flow of the river may push you under since your foot is now stuck... and you may drown in this predicament.

So yes, it is drowning that causes flooding deaths. These people were swept away quickly and their natural reaction is to try to stand. With so much debris, victims are quickly caught up in it and pushed under by the flow. Many times that is it for them. You've got less than a minute to escape typically, and you will be in an extreme panic which will not help you.
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If it's a flash flood there might be a 20ft wall of water coming down a valley at a couple hundred miles per hour. How you gonna escape it if your in the path?
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you can become very exhausted fighting against raging waters,you go under get hit in the head with debris,lungs fill with water,no oxygen for your brain,you blackout and drown,which leads to death.

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