Severe Weather Awareness Week - Topic: Flash Flooding

By: Meteorologist Mark Henderson Email
By: Meteorologist Mark Henderson Email

Many people would be surprised to know that flash flooding kills more people nationwide than any other weather hazard. That's why we take this opportunity during Severe Weather Preparedness Week to discuss valuable safety tips regarding flash flooding.

Thanks again to the National Weather Service for providing us with much of this important information!

Flash flooding defined

Heavy rain from thunderstorms, falling over the same area for a prolonged period of time causes flash floods. The result is a rapid rise in creeks and streams, or serious urban flooding. These floods pose a serious threat to life and property. According to the National Weather Service, in Illinois, most flash floods occur in July and August, and they often occur at night. Still we know all too well here in the Stateline that other months can host flash flood events.

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!!!

We've already mentioned how flash flooding is responsible for more deaths nationwide than any other weather hazard. About half of those deaths occur in vehicles. Don’t drive through flooded roads, especially if the water is moving rapidly. Flooded or washed out roads are especially difficult to see at night. Remember, turn around, don’t drown!!!!!!

Other safety tips

Don’t let children play near storm drains, creeks or flooded areas. Oftentimes, the currents within these areas are much faster and stronger than they look.

When a flash flood WARNING is issued, it's strongly recommended to evacuate to higher ground if you live in areas near creeks or streams.

National Weather Service experts also warn us about the dangers of urban flooding. Heavy rain that results in flooding of streets, viaducts and underpasses in an urban area can pose a threat to motorists. Heavy rain can also result in flooded basements, ponding of water in low spots and rapid flooding of drainage ditches and storm sewer systems.

March 16 through 22 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.


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