Today marks the fourth day of Severe Weather Awareness Week April 15-21st for the state of Colorado.

Wednesday’s topic – Flooding—Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Here is a public service announcement concerning Turn Around, Don’t Drown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6mIlHKrVY

Major flooding in September 2013 resulted from over eight inches of rain that fell over a large area from northern Jefferson County to the Wyoming border. This rain caused considerable flash flooding, and runoff from area streams combined to cause major flooding along the South Platte River. The repair of damages caused by the flood is still ongoing today.

Flash flooding refers to a dangerous sudden rise in water along a creek, river, or a normal dry land area. Flash floods result from heavy rainfall, sudden breaks in river ice jams, and dam or levee failures.

 A flash flood or flood watch means that flash flooding or flooding is possible within the watch area.

 A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported along a river.

 A flash flood warning means that flash flooding has been reported or is imminent. When a flash flood warning is issued for your area, act quickly. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Go to higher ground or climb to safety before access is cut off by flood waters.

 A flood warning is normally issued for flooding that develops more gradually, usually from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall. This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams. Even though this type of flooding develops more slowly than flash flooding, it can still be a threat to life and property.

Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related. Do not enter a flooded roadway. Instead, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” In rapidly rising waters, backing up away from water may be safer. One or two feet of water will carry away most vehicles. It is also dangerous because you cannot tell if the road is damaged beneath moving water.

The Weld County of Emergency Management has more information on what to do during a flood on their website at www.weldoem.com.

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