Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering floodwaters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may:

  • Be the result from rain, coastal storms, overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

If you are under a flood warning:

Find safe shelter immediately.

  Turn around, don't drown.
Do not walk, swim or drive through floodwaters.

  Moving Water.
Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  Stay off bridges.
Over fast-moving water

  Depending on the type of flooding.
Evacuate, move to higher ground or stay where you are.

  Gather Documentation.
Have important documents readily available to take with you. Prescription drugs and other medical equipment.