Flood and Flash Flood Awareness Day
Severe Weather Awareness week continues today with a look at Flood and Flash Flood safety.
Floods and flash floods occur every year in the Mid South. River flooding occurs seasonally when winter or spring rains or torrential rains associated with tropical storms fill river basins with too much water too quickly. Flash floods occur suddenly, usually occurring withn hours of excessive localized rainfall. These flash floods can become raging torrents which rip through river beds, urban streets, or valleys sweeping everything before them.
When a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your county, or the moment you first realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may only have seconds. A Flood Watch means it is possible that heavy rains will cause flooding in the specified area. Stay alert to the weather, and think about what you would do if water begins to rise or if you receive a warning. Watch for development.
Here are some Flash Flood Safety rules: