Prepare & React Appropriately
Your chance of surviving a flash flood will improve if you assess your risk, plan for the possibility of flooding in advance, and make decisions that lower your risk.

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Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded, trapped or washed away.

  • NWS flood safety brochure
  • Anticipate flooding and plan route to safety in advance
  • Watch for flooding from nearby and distant thunderstorms in mountainous terrain and near burn scars
  • Never camp or play in arroyos or low spots
  • Use the latest hazardous weather outlook and forecasts
  • Heed watches and warnings
  • Own and monitor NOAA Weather Radios
  • Report all minor and major floods to NWS and/or local authorities is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.