September 7, 2018

This morning the National Weather Service released a weather briefing regarding heavy rain that is expected this weekend. The briefing included the following information:

  • The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will bring heavy rain to the area
  • Total rainfall will range from 3 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts possible
  • Ohio has an elevated risk for Flash Flooding and Flooding, especially in tributaries (confidence is high that flooding will occur)
  • Heaviest rain is projected to occur late Saturday along Ohio/Indiana Border
  • Rain will continue into Monday

Due to this threat, a Flash Flood Watch that has been issued for the tristate area from 12:00PM Saturday until 8:00AM Monday.

Please take note of the following information about flash floods and take the necessary safety precautions.

About Flash Floods - A flash flood is a flood that develops quickly, often during or within hours of intense storms with extreme amount of rainfall.

Several factors affect how quickly a flash flood develops and occurs. They include: vegetation types, soil type, soil water content, topography, and proximity to rivers and creeks.

Flash flooding can occur without warning and so quickly that is catches areas and people off-guard. If you are in an area that is experiencing flash flooding seek higher ground. Do not walk, run, or drive through flood waters. As little as six inches of water is enough to sweep a person or vehicle off of a roadway.

Additionally, do not throw debris into the flood waters in an attempt to slow it down or dam it up, things like grass clippings and logs can clog up drainpipes and increase the intensity and danger of the flood waters.