The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota
has declared Sunday, March 14th through Saturday, March 21st as
Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each weekday during the awareness
week will feature information about a different flood related
Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
It is vital to your safety to know the difference between a watch
and a warning.
Watch - Get Ready! A Watch is issued when a specific weather hazard
is possible. For example, if conditions are such that flooding may
occur, a watch will be issued. Flooding is not yet occurring when a
watch is issued. This gives you time to get prepared.
If your home is in a low lying area, you can prepare for the
possibility of flood waters impacting the structure. You can also
plan alternate routes for getting to home, work or school if you
know certain roads you usually take could be covered by water.
The Watch also gives you a chance to test your communications plan
and alert family and friends to the threat of dangerous weather.
Warning - Take Action! A Warning is issued when a specific weather
hazard is currently occurring or will be occurring very soon. If a
Flood or Flash Flood Warning is issued and you are in a flood prone
area move immediately to high ground.
Follow evacuation orders if they are issued.
Turn Around Don't Drown! If you encounter a roadway that is covered
in water, do NOT enter the water! It is never safe to drive or walk
through flood waters.