Flood Alerts: Know the difference and what you should do if one is issued

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Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto areas that are normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods can develop slowly or quickly, damage property and cause injury or death. It is important to know the differences in severe weather alerts and what you should do if one is issued.

Flash Flood Warning: A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring.

What do you do?

  • If you are in a flood prone area, move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Flood Warning: A flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring/happening.

What do you do?

  • Take action now and move to higher ground. Do not walk or drive through a flooded area. Just 6” of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Flood Watch: A flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding, it does not mean flooding will occur but it’s possible.

What do you do?

  • Be prepared. Monitor the forecast. Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if power is cut off.

Flood Advisory: A flood advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may cause a bit of flooding. A flood advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning.

 What do you do?

  • Be aware. Monitor the forecast for changes. Be sure you have the Live Doppler 9 app in order to receive alerts and the latest forecast. 

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