The key to avoiding the dangers of flash flooding is to be prepared and take immediate action when a flash flood warning is issued or when you feel threatened.
The actions you take during a flash flood event may save your life and the lives of those you are responsible for.
A flash flood watch means conditions are favorable for the development of flash flooding in and close to the watch area. If you are in the watch area, keep informed of the latest weather information. Flash flooding can develop rapidly so there may be occasions when advanced warnings is not possible.
A flash flood warning means flooding is occurring or is indicated by radar rainfall estimates. You should take immediate action to protect yourself and those around you.
Follow these safety rules to keep yourself safe:
1. Hundreds of low weather crossing across the Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeastern Kansas are susceptible to flash floods. Be alert for flooded low water crossings and remember to Turn Around- Don`t Drown.
2. Do not drive into flooded areas. It only takes a foot of water to lift and flip your car or truck and be swept downstream. More than half of people killed in floods are in vehicles.
3. Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection.
4. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you down.
5. Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks, particularly during thunderstorms.
6. Be especially cautions at night when the dangers of flash flooding are difficult to recognize.
7. Children should never play around high water or storm drains. It is very easy for them to be swept away by fast moving water.
8. Before flooding occurs, be aware of flood prone areas where you live or along the routes you drive.
9. Keep a NOAA weather radio in good working order including fresh batteries.
(information provided by National Weather Service, Springfield, MO)
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