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738 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015

The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared March 15 through
March 21 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic.

Flash Flooding: Flash floods are exactly what the name suggests:
floods that happen in a flash! Causes of flash flooding include
heavy rain, ice or debris jams, and levee or dam failure. These
floods exhibit a rapid rise of water over low-lying areas. There are
many reasons that flash floods occur, but one of the most common is
the result of copious amounts of rainfall from thunderstorms that
cause flash flooding. These sudden downpours can rapidly change the
water levels in a stream or creek and turn small waterways into
violent, raging rivers. Urban areas are especially prone to flash
floods due to the large amounts of concrete and asphalt surfaces that
do not allow water to penetrate into the soil easily. It`s important
to avoid low lying areas and storm drains when heavy rain is in the
area. Remember, Turn Around, Don`t Drown!

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