With the sound of thunder comes concerns for flash flooding, especially around the Waldo Canyon burn scar.
The city of Colorado Springs wants to make sure everyone understands what warnings and watches mean when it comes to flash flooding.
According to a press release from the city:
"A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible. Be alert and prepared to move to high ground. Watch for rising water levels or unusual street flooding. Listen to local radio or television stations or Weather Service radio for possible flash flood warnings and bulletins. Locate a hand crank or battery powered radio and extra batteries."
"A flash flood warning means that a flash flood is occurring or is about to occur. If necessary relocate immediately and seek high ground away from high risk areas and water. Do not attempt to cross moving water either on foot or in your vehicle."
"An urban and small stream advisory means that isolated flooding of streams, streets, and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring."
They also want people to know about these safety tips.
- Potential dangers can be harder to spot at night. Be careful when driving in the dark.
- Don't try to escape a flash flood on foot. If you hear or see it coming, get to higher ground right away.
- Don't driver through flooded areas. Ground and pavement can wash away or become unstable even when the water is shallow.
- Abandon your vehicle if water starts to rise over the road, and get to higher ground.
- Don't let kids play in waterways or culverts. Flash flooding can happen at any time with little or no warning.
- Keep a hand crank or battery powered radio tuned to a local station.
- Always follow all emergency instructions.
You can sign up for emergency text alerts and calls to your cell or home phone by going to http://www.elpasoteller911.org.
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