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Flood Safety

Monitor NOAA All Hazards Radio or your favorite news source for vital weather information.

Some cities and counties will issue a fine to motorists who ignore barriers!

Flood Watch: A flood or flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding or flash flooding to develop.

Flash Flood Warning: A warning is issued when rapid flooding is imminent. Flash floods quickly develop within six hours of a heavy rainfall event.

Urban/Small Stream Flood Advisory (issued as a Flood Statement): These statements are issued when minor flooding problems are expected, mostly in flood prone urban areas or near small streams that may rise quickly out of their banks. Even minor flooding can cause huge problems if proper precautions are not taken.

Flood Warning: These warnings are issued for river floods. River flooding mostly occurs with longer periods of rain which result in slower rises in flood waters and a prolonged flood event.