Severe Weather Safety -- Floods

By: Rodney Harris Email
By: Rodney Harris Email

OVERVIEW

Flash flooding is a relatively common event in the Brazos Valley, which means you should make it a point to always know what to do in the event of a flash flood.

A flood is an event where the water in your community rises to the point where it could become a hazard to you or your property. Floods usually happen over long periods of time and are fairly uncommon in the Brazos Valley.

Flash Floods (on the other-hand) are quite common in southeast Texas. A Flash Flood is a when the water rapidly starts to rise in your community. These types of floods are especially dangerous since the rapid nature of such events make it difficult to warn about in an adequate period of time.

Flash floods account for the largest amount of weather-related deaths in the United States. This is due to the lack of urgency when flash flooding occurs (especially when you're in your car), which usually results in you not realizing how dangerous it is until it's too late.

Remember that only 2 feet of rapidly moving water can take control of your vehicle.

WHAT DO THE ADVISORIES MEAN?

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding during the watch time. Flash flood watches are possible when we're expecting a heavy rain event after we've already received a lot of recent rain.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means that flash flooding has been reported or is imminent in your area. Take the necessary precautions for your specific area and do not drive on flooded roads unless absolutely necessary.

A Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory (or Flood Advisory) means that flooding could be occurring on small streets, streams, or creeks. Use extra caution when traveling and remember not to drive over water if you don't know how deep it is.

a River Flood Warning (or Flood Warning) means that the specified river is above flood stage or forecast to rise above flood stage in the near future. Residents who live near the highlighted river should monitor the crests and take any and all necessary precautions.

FLOOD TIPS

Never drive your car over waters when you can't tell how deep it is. A lot of us attempt to cross flooded roads and underestimate how deep the water may actually be. This can lead to your car being carried away by the water. Remember it only takes 2 feet of rapidly moving water to overtake your vehicle.

When any kind of heavy rain event is occurring, remember to stay away from creeks and streams. The depth and strength of the waters in such can also be underestimated, leading to the water sweeping you away!

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