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Flood

The National Weather Service classifies floods as follows:

Flood Watch

  • Flooding is possible
  • Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information

Flash Flood Watch

  • Flash flooding is possible
  • Be prepared to move to higher ground
  • Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions

Flood Warning

  • Flooding is occurring or will soon occur
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions

Flash Flood Warning

  • A flash flood is occurring
  • Seek higher ground on foot immediately

The Power of Moving Water

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and stalling
  • One foot of water will float many vehicles
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks

Before a Flood

  • If flooding is likely, and time permits, move essential items and furniture to the upper floors of your building.
  • Most importantly, move to a safe area before safe exits are cut off by flooding waters.

During a Flood

  • Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions
  • Monitor the Nation Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA weather radio or access the NOAA Website)
  • Stay on higher ground; avoid areas subject to sudden flooding
  • Do not attempt to cross through an area of flowing water if it is above your knees
  • Do not drive into flooded areas
  • If floodwaters rise around a vehicle, abandon it and move to higher ground to avoid being swept away with the vehicle

After a Flood

  • Do not drink any water from the area until it has been tested by health officials.
  • Discard all food that has come into contact with floodwater. Canned food is okay to eat.
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried thoroughly before being returned to service.
  • To examine buildings, use flashlights not lanterns or torches, flammables from broken containers or ruptured gas lines may be inside.