Flood Safety & Awareness


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National Weather Service Springfield Missouri


Flooding in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas 

Flash flooding in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas poses a significant threat to life and produces a substantial loss each year to property and infrastructure.  Flooding during 2008 resulted in 6 fatalities. In addition, there were hundreds of vehicle water rescues with over 270 reports of flash flooding. The rocky and steep terrain of the Ozark Plateau, coupled with hundreds of small streams and rivers, result in a significant flash flood hazard. The threat to life is compounded by the hundreds of low water crossings across the Ozark region. Here's a link to low water crossings identified by the Missouri Department of Transportation and county Emergency Management across Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas:

NOAA icon Low Water Crossings

NOAA icon Low Water Crossing Driving Quiz

NOAA icon Interactive Dangers of Driving Through a Flooded Road or Low Water Crossing

  

Flood Safety

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Below is additional information on vehicular flood safety, preparation before a flood occurs and what to do if a flood occurs.

NOAA icon Turn Around Don't Drown

NOAA icon Flood Safety Information

NOAA icon Floods The Awesome Power

 

Weather Ranger Flood Safety Video and Powerpoints

 NOAA Weather Ranger describes the dangers of playing in flooded rivers, creeks, streams, ditches and low water crossings along with the dangers of driving through flooded roads.

NOAA icon 2 Kids and a Ditch Video

NOAA icon 2 Kids and a Ditch Powerpoint

NOAA icon Turn Around and Don't Drown Video

NOAA icon Turn Around and Don't Drown Powerpoint

 

 Weather Ranger Bookmarks and Coloring Books
NOAA Weather Ranger coloring books and bookmarks remind kids of the dangers of playing in flooded rivers, creeks, streams, ditches and low water crossings along with the dangers of driving through flooded roads.

NOAA icon 2 Kids and a Ditch Coloring Book

NOAA icon 2 Kids and a Ditch Bookmarks

NOAA icon Turn Around and Don't Drown Coloring Book

NOAA icon Turn Around and Don't Drown Bookmarks

NOAA icon Owlie Skywarn Floods Ahead Coloring Book

 

 Area Web Links

NOAA icon Flash Flood Risk Analysis Project

NOAA icon Flood Flood Risk Analysis Partnership Symposium

NOAA icon Flood Briefing Page

NOAA icon Missouri Traveler Information Map

 

Flash Flood Risk Analysis Project Partners

NOAA icon National Weather Service Springfield, MO

NOAA icon State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency

NOAA icon Missouri Department of Transportation

NOAA icon Missouri Highway Patrol

NOAA icon Missouri State University and the Ozarks Environmental Water Resources Institute

NOAA icon Kansas Emergency Management

NOAA icon National Center for Atmospheric Research

NOAA icon Weather and Society Integrated Studies

 

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