As we head into late spring, flooding becomes a potential threat. At times flooding can be predicted days in advance, giving ample warning for preparation and evacuation. There are also warnings for conditions that may create flash flooding which are released from the National Weather Service.
Flash flooding is defined as: A flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur after a sudden release of water by a debris jam.
If you notice flash flooding, call 911 and the City’s Police, Fire and Emergency Management Agency will coordinate a response.
Residents should watch out for alerts from the National Weather Service on radio, television, social media, online or from the agency's mobile app.