What is a Flash Flood?

Flash floods are when a lot of stormwater fills normally dry areas in a short amount of time with little or no warning. This is the fastest moving type of flood and can surprise people.

Flash flooding happens from very heavy rainfall during short intense storms. They can occur within a few minutes or a few hours of rainfall. Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of flood because they have incredible speed, making them both destructive and unpredictable.

Floods are strong! Staying away from flood water is the most important thing you can do. Do not walk or play near storm drains, manholes, or rising streams and creeks. Stay inside where it is safe and dry!

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Did You Know?

It only takes 6 inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult.

Most cars will float and be swept away in 18 to 24 inches of moving water.

Turning around and staying away from flood water is the most important thing you can do!


Never walk, ride your bike, or play in moving stormwater! Stay clear. Stay safe!


How To Be Flood Safe!

Stay Informed and Alert
Listen to your radio or TV for the latest information on weather conditions that can cause flooding. Be aware if there is a flash flood watch or warning.

If flash flooding is a possibility....
Do not go near streams, creeks, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas quickly without warning.

During a flash flood.....

Stay away from rising creeks, manholes, and storm drains.

Beware of rising, fast-moving water.

Avoid flood waters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or bacteria. Water may also be dangerous due to underground or downed power lines.

Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

Do not walk through moving water; 6 inches of fast-moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Stay Away from the Bee Branch Creek
Flooding can change familiar places, like the trails and play areas near the Bee Branch Creek or other roads and walkways in your neighborhood. Avoid walking through any water. It might be deeper than you think!

The Bee Branch Creek can rise quickly during heavy rain events and things such as storm drains, fences, and culverts can trap and drown even the strongest swimmer.

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