Except for heat related fatalities, more deaths occur from flooding than any other hazard. Why? Most people fail to realize the power of water. For example, six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet. Most flash floods are caused by slow moving thunderstorms. These floods can develop within minutes or hours depending on the intensity and duration of the rain. Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges. Rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet or more. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD!!!
FACTS to KNOW:
FLOOD WATCH means flooding is possible within 12 to 36 hours
FLASH FLOOD WATCH means flash flooding is possible and could occur without warning
FLOOD WARNING means flooding is soon or soon will be occurring. Evacuate immedicately if advised
FLASH FLOOD WARNING means flash flooding is occurring. MOve to higher ground at once if you are at risk