Stay Informed and Aware During Possible Flooding Situations


Public Works and Utilities staff have been busy preparing for and managing heavy storms in our community. With all the recent rain, it’s important for citizens and business owners to be prepared for a flood before it happens by preparing emergency kits, identifying emergency contacts, creating a plan and staying informed. There is a lot of confusion around the meanings of “Advisory”, “Watch”, and “Warning”. Each of these statements has different meanings, and as such you and your family should react differently to each:

Advisory, Watch , Warning . . . What’s the Difference?
Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain. Take protective action!

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding that could pose a threat to life/property. Have a plan of action ready!

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Understanding the City’s alerts are part of being prepared and will help you take the right action to protect yourself and those around you. Communication is crucial to the safety of all residents and businesses and regular updates to a storm event and flooding will be posted on:

• Nixle Alerts: Text your Zipcode to 888777 to receive emergency alerts;
• Website:
• Facebook:
• Twitter:
• Sandbag locations: Fire Station 1, 115 Second Street & Home Depot, 355 S. Green Valley Rd.

For more safety tips, resources and tools please visit our website at:

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