A Flash Flood Watch means that heavy rains could cause flooding in the specified area. Stay alert to the weather and have a plan in place should water begin to rise or a warning gets issued, particularly if you are in an area that has flooded before.
A Flash Flood Warning means that flash flooding is occurring or expected imminently. If a warning is issued or water begins rising in your area, act quickly to exercise your plan and get to higher ground.
- Leave areas subject to flooding, including low spots, valleys, stream banks, and flood plains.
- Avoid areas that are flooded or have quickly-moving water. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream where water is above ankle-deep.
- When driving, know the depth of water in a low spot before crossing. The road bed may not be intact under the water. Remember, "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" One foot of moving water is enough to lift and carry a car downstream.
- If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Water may rise rapidly and engulf your vehicle and it's occupants.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams or drainage areas, especially when thunderstorms are possible.
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