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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.
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