A flood warning affects Clark and Washington counties through Wednesday morning
On Tuesday at 9:46 a.m. the National Weather Service issued an updated flood warning valid from 10 p.m. through Wednesday 10 a.m. for Clark and Washington counties.
Breaking Weather Alerts: Advisories, Watches and Warnings
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring. In areas prone to flooding, it is necessary to move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is sudden, violent inundation that can develop within minutes to hours, and can occur even in areas that are not currently experiencing rainfall.
- Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flood warning is announced when flooding is about to occur or is already underway.
- Flood Warning: Pay attention:
A flood warning is issued when flooding is not expected to reach a severity level that would require a warning to be issued. However, it can still cause significant inconvenience and, without caution, lead to life- and/or property-threatening situations.
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared:
A flood warning is issued when conditions are conducive to flooding. This does not mean flooding, but it is possible.
Staying safe during a flood: Recommendations from the weather service
Floods can be a major threat, especially if you live in a flood-prone area or find yourself camping in a low-lying area. To ensure your safety, the Weather Service offers basic flood safety guidelines:
1. Find high ground:
- If you are in an area prone to flooding, or if you are camping in a low place, move to higher ground as a first step.
2. Follow evacuation orders:
- When local authorities issue an evacuation order, obey it immediately. Before leaving, secure your home by locking it.
3. Disconnect utilities and appliances:
- If time permits, disconnect your utilities and appliances. This precaution reduces electrical risks during floods.
4. Stay away from flooded basements and flooded areas:
- Avoid flooded basements or rooms with outlets or electrical cords. Preventing electrical accidents is crucial.
5. Quick evacuation for your safety:
- If you notice a spark or hear buzzing, clicking, clicking or popping sounds, evacuate without delay. Do not enter water that may carry an electrical charge.
6. Stay away from flood water:
- Never attempt to walk through floodwater, even if it appears shallow. Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can forcefully sweep you off your feet.
7. Find high ground when surrounded:
- If trapped by moving water, head to the highest available point and contact emergency services by dialing 911.
When heavy rain falls, there is a possibility of flooding, especially in low-lying or flood-prone areas. It is important to never drive through water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the National Weather Service, up to 12 inches of fast-flowing water could carry most vehicles away. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips
When heavy rains fall, the risk of flooding and treacherous roads increases. Here’s your guide from the weather service to staying safe during rain:
Beware of rapid water flow:
- Avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water during heavy rain can carry you away.
Maintain safe driving distances:
- Use the two-second rule to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and allow an extra two seconds in heavy rain.
Slow down and be careful:
- On wet roads, deceleration is crucial. Gradually ease the accelerator pedal and avoid sudden braking to prevent skidding.
Choose your path wisely:
- Stay toward the middle aisles – water tends to pool in the outer aisles.
Setting vision priorities:
- Enhance your visibility in heavy rain by turning on your headlights. Beware of vehicles in your blind spots, as rain-stained windows can obscure them.
Beware of slippery roads:
- The first half hour of rain is when the roads are smoothest due to a combination of rain, dirt and oil. Use extreme caution during this period.
Keep a safe distance from large vehicles:
- Large trucks and buses can reduce your visibility with tire spray. Avoid tracking and pass quickly and safely.
Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:
- Overloaded wiper blades can obstruct visibility. If rain severely limits your visibility, stop and wait for conditions to improve. Resort to rest areas or protected places.
- If the side of the road is your only option, drive as far away as possible, preferably past the end of the guardrail, and wait for the storm to pass. Keep your headlights on and turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers of your location.
In the face of heavy rain, these precautions can make a big difference in ensuring your safety on the road. Remember to stay informed of the weather conditions and listen to local authorities’ advice for a safe trip.
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