Floods


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Flash Flood Advice

In many areas, unusually heavy rains may cause quick or "flash" floods. Small creeks, gullies, dry streambeds, ravines, culverts, or even low-lying ground frequently flood quickly and endanger people, sometimes before any warning can be given.

The National Weather Service offices issues two types of flash flood advisories: a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning. A flash flood watch means that heavy rains occuring or expected to occur may soon cause flash flooding in certian aareas, and citizens should be alert to the possibility of a flood emergency that will require immediate action. A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is ocurring or imminent on certain streams or designated areas, and immediate action should be taken by those threatened.

In a period of heavy rains, be aware of the hazard of flash floods and be prepared to protect yourself against it. If you see any possibility of a flash flood ocurring where you are, move immediately to a safer location (don't wait for instructions to move), and then notify your local authorities of the danger, so other people can be warned.

Especially during periods of heavy rainfall: