It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live or drive in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, stream, or culvert; or downstream from a dam or levee.
Below are several important flash flooding facts and preparedness tips from www.Ready.govand www.nws.noaa.gov:
If you see floodwater on roads, walkways, bridges, and on the ground, do not attempt to cross.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown: A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.
It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car.
It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
Residents are warned to watch the weather, and listen to local radio or TV reports. Remember, outdoor storm sirens alert those who are outside to take cover. If you are indoors you may not be able to hear the sirens. Be weather aware.