Boy Killed in Louisiana Flash Floods After Vehicle Swept Away

Heavy rain fell in northern Louisiana early on Monday 18 May 2015, triggering flash floods in several parishes.

A car with 3 passengers was swept away on flood water in Ruston, Lincoln Parish. Ruston Police Department said that multiple emergency services responded to a call Monday morning about a car that had been swept into a creek by the flash floods. The vehicle was later found, but too late to save one of the passengers, an 11-year-old boy, who was trapped inside. The two other passengers – the driver and a 7-year-old boy – survived.

In Shreveport, about 70 miles west of Ruston, 4.17 inches (106 mm) of rain was recorded in 24 hours on 18 May 2015.

More rain is forecast for Louisiana over the coming days. Central parts of the USA – from Texas to Kansas – have seen numerous storms, floods and tornadoes over the last 2 weeks. A further storm system is forecast to affect areas of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska in the next few days.

Vehicle Flood Deaths

The distressing and heart-breaking report of the vehicle flood death in Ruston brings to light once again that, in the USA, historically the majority of people killed in floods are in a vehicle of some kind.

Despite some success for the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown®” campaign in the USA, the 2012 figures say that vehicle flood deaths accounted for 39% of all flood fatalities.

Image courtesy of National Weather Service.
2012 Flood fatalities by Activity – courtesy of the National Weather Service

Tthe National Weather Service say:

“It takes just 12 inches (30 cm) of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet (60 cm ) of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters”.