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Emergency Guide Flood

Flood

The National Weather Service classifies floods as follows:

Flood Watch

Flooding is possible

Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flooding is possible

Be prepared to move to higher ground

Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions

Flood Warning

Flooding is occurring or will soon occur

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately

Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions

Flash Flood Warning

A flash flood is occurring

Seek higher ground on foot immediately

The Power of Moving Water

Having shaped much of the earth's surface, water is one of nature's most powerful forces.

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and stalling.
  • One foot of water will float many vehicles
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks

During a Flood

  • Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions
  • Monitor the Nation Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or access the NOAA Website at: http://www.noaa.gov/
  • Do not drive into flooded areas
  • If floodwaters rise around a vehicle, abandon it and move to higher ground to avoid being swept away with the vehicle

Additional information on floods is available on the following website:

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/
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