Flash Flood Safety
A flash flood is a rapid rise in creeks and streams, or serious urban flooding, caused by heavy rain from thunderstorms, that poses a threat to life and property. Floods and flash floods kill more people nationwide than any other storm hazard! In Illinois, most flash floods occur in July and August, and they often occur at night.
Keep these safety tips in mind:
Urban flooding is also potentially dangerous. Heavy rain that results in flooding of streets, viaducts, and underpasses in an urban area can pose a threat to motorists. Heavy rain can also result in flooded basements, ponding of water in low spots, and rapid flooding of drainage ditches and storm sewers.
March 17 to 21 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. For more information, visit http://www.weather.gov/floodsafety