During the final weekend in April last year Houston and surrounding areas were hit with torrential downpours that brought eight inches of rain and widespread severe flooding.  The area worst hit was Highway 288 near the South Loop.  Cars were submerged throughout Harris County, and fortunately, no one died.  Several businesses and houses sustained heavy damage.  Damage was estimated at $4 million dollars.

The American Red Cross introduces a new Flood app for iphones, androids and tablets just in time for the start of flood season.  It’s available from all app providers and of course is free.

“The new app was created because floods are the most common natural disasters in the United States,” Danny Resenduz of the American Red Cross tells KTRH News.  “You can use the app to create a family emergency plan.  The Red Cross introduced the app to save lives from floods and flash floods.”

Among the features are step-by-step instructions to help you know what to do even if the cell towers and TV’s are down.  You don’t need mobile connectivity to access the app.  Should circumstances become dire information about American Red Cross shelters, including maps, is available.