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Flash floods are usually caused by slow moving thunderstorms or thunderstorms that move over the same area one after the other. Flash floods usually occur within six hours of heavy rainfall and are usually more life threatening.

The majority of deaths from flooding occur when people become trapped in automobiles that stall while driving through flooded areas. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Prolonged or heavy rainfall may cause severe flooding which could result in scattered debris, uprooted trees, and downed or broken utility lines in almost any neighborhood. Water levels can rise quickly and pose a hazard for people and pets.

The rule for being safe is simple: climb to safety and stay away from the water. Even a shallow depth of fast moving floodwater produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming or driving through swift water.

Flood Watches and Warnings

  • Flood Watch - Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated Watch area. Be alert.
  • Flood Warning - Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent. Take the necessary precautions at once.

"Turn around, don’t drown!"

More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads. Please follow these safety rules:

  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
  • Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
  • Don't allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Water only two feet deep can float away most automobiles.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Monitor messages from Emergency Management, a NOAA Weather Radio, or local media for vital weather related information.

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