Turn Around, Don't Drown!!
Flash Flooding and Flood Safety
Tornadoes, flooding also deserves plenty of attention. In the past ten years, flooding has accounted for 14 deaths and $41 million in damage in Kansas. In Missouri, flooding has resulted in 46 deaths and $147 million in property damage since 1995. These numbers compare very close to the number of tornadoes deaths (15 and 31) and tornado damage ($208 million and $136 million) across both states respectively during the same time period.
When these warnings are issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. YOU MAY ONLY HAVE SECONDS WHEN FLOODING THREATENS!
How do flash floods occur?
Several factors contribute to flash flooding. The two key elements are rainfall intensity and duration. Intensity is the rate of rainfall, and duration is how long the rain lasts. Topography, soil conditions, and ground cover also play an important role. Most flash floods are caused by slow-moving thunderstorms or thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same area.
When a Flood or Flash Flood WATCH is issued, be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.