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Understanding the Risks of Flash Flooding and How to Stay Safe During This Dangerous Weather Event

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The flash flooding California has experienced from a monster storm over the last few days has brought attention to the dangers of floods. As indicated by the description "flash," this type of flooding can happen in an instant.

Here is what you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones should a flash flooding event hit your area.

Understanding the Dangers of Flash Flooding

One of the most important things to know about a flash flooding event is that a small amount of water has the ability to sweep you off of your feet or send your vehicle down the waterway.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), flash floods can occur in just minutes after heavy rain. This is why it's important to take a flash floods warning seriously.

Alternatively, this type of flooding event can also take hours to develop after excessive rainfall. Desert terrains often see flash flooding happen across dry river beds a long distance from where the rain is falling. The quickly rising water levels associated with flash flooding can also generate mudslides and debris flows.

The areas most at risk of flash flooding are low-lying communities and land surrounded by streams and rivers. Flash floods are also known for their power, striking with enough velocity to knock even the largest people off their feet. A vehicle can be swept away in water that only measures a foot deep, tricking motorists into thinking that they can drive safely through it without any danger.

The majority of flash flooding events are triggered by thunderstorms that stall out over a particular area or several storms that train over the same region. Heavy rain associated with tropical weather events is also a common culprit for flash flooding.


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