Flash Floods

Flash floods may occur when there is a large amount of precipitation in a short period of time, a dam failure, storm debris blocking drainage systems, or for other reasons. They can occur very quickly and with little warning.

When a flash flood warning is issued:

  • Move to higher ground quickly. You may only have seconds to act.
  • Turn around, don't drown! Most flash flood deaths occur when people drive their vehicles into flood waters.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Stay out of flooded areas. Water may still be rising, is usually very swift, and can quickly sweep you off your feet.
  • Remember: Water is a very powerful force and should never be underestimated.

Other types of flooding may occur, but usually with greater advanced warning. The same guidelines above apply.

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Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2015

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