A flood is an overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land. All floods are not alike. Some can develop slowly during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend following a heavy snow. Others, such as flash floods, can occur quickly, even without any visible signs of rain.
Know the Terms
Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television for information.
Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to the NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television for information.
Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground on foot immediately.
Actions to Consider
Did You Know...
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups.
Information about floods, risk of financial loss due to flooding, and flood insurance can be found at FloodSmart.gov
Contact your local or Installation's Office of Emergency Management for more information.
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