August 18th and 19th marks the one year anniversary of significant flash flooding that hit parts of the region, especially southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin.
Eight people died as a direct cause of the flash flooding and numerous communities suffered extensive flood damage. Combine that with the flooding we experienced this past June and the National Weather Service asks how prepared are you for the next flooding disaster?
Do you monitor weather conditions closely when heavy rain is falling?
Do you own a NOAA weather radio?
Do you move to higher ground or take quick action when flooding is observed or a warning is issued for your area?
Do you have an action plan in place? Do you know the threats for your area when repeat thunderstorms are moving through?
Do you avoid driving through high water or watch for damaged roads or bridge approaches after heavy rain? Do you recognize that flash flooding is harder to detect at night?
Monitoring the information the National Weather Service provides can save your life! Do not become a statistic - heed all watches and warnings issued for your area. Take the threat seriously.
For additional flood safety ideas, click on the following link - NWS Flood Safety web page