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Health Tip: Be Prepared for a Flash Flood

Monitor weather reports

(HealthDay News) -- Flash floods typically occur when water from very heavy rainfall builds up in low-lying areas. They can be dangerous if you're not prepared.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service advises:

  • Stay tuned to local weather stations to monitor your risk of flooding. Be alert for rising water when heavy rains approach.
  • If you see water starting to rise, head immediately to higher ground.
  • Stay away from areas that are flooded, and never try to drive or swim through an area of water.
  • Be very cautious when traveling during flash flooding, especially at night.
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