Sunday, June 19, 2011

Flash Flooding Information

Flash Floods: Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S.
since they can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and
bridges. A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than
six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several
thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur from the collapse of a man-made
structure or ice dam.

Flood and Flash Flood Tips:

Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for
vital weather related information.

If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to
flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.

Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not
attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown

Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded
roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly
during threatening conditions.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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