As the name indicates, flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Pulaski County until 8 p.m. tonight.
As the name indicates, flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud,
and other debris and can sweep away most things in their paths. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream, such as when a levee is breached, and, while slower developing, is destructive
and potentially deadly. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area.
What to do during a flood:
*If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
*Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
*Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six inches of water will
reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.
*A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
Information provided courtesy of Missouri Department of Public Safety
State Emergency Management Agency