Floods claim many lives every year. Flood waters only one foot deep can sweep you off your feet. If you live in a flood-prone area, be prepared. Determine your nearest safe area above floodwaters. Develop an evacuation plan. Remember that many roads, bridges, and other areas may be covered by floodwaters. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for long-term flooding, longer than six hours. A Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or is very likely, and is expected to last more than six hours. A Flash Flood Watch means a sudden flood could occur within minutes or hours of heavy rainfall or a dam or levee break, but is expected to last less than six hours. A Flash Flood Warning means flash flooding is occurring or is extremely likely, and you should take immediate action if you are in a flood prone area. If there is a possibility of any type of flooding in your area, you should:
Turn off your utilities if your home is likely to be flooded.