Which flood alert is more critical – a watch or a warning? It’s important to know the differences in the warning system alerts and understand the appropriate action to take for each alert level.

Flood Watch

  • Meaning: Flooding is possible.
  • Action: Monitor radio and television stations for more information.

Flash Flood Watch

  • Meaning: Flash flooding is possible.
  • Action: Be prepared to move to higher ground; monitor radio and television stations for more information.

Flood Warning

  • Meaning: Imminent threat; flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Action: If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning

  • Meaning: Imminent threat; a flash flood is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Action: Seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Next week, we will review the risks of driving in flood conditions.

For more information on active weather alerts:

National Weather Service Alerts

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Mike Schofield
President & CEO