Flash Flood Awareness Month

Monday, July 11, 2011

According to the City of Las Vegas, July is Flash Flood Awareness Month. As Monsoon season rolls in, the City wants to remind its residents of the following:

  • Stay tuned to local weather broadcasts during severe weather. A flash flood watch means that a flash flood is possible in a particular area. A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is already occurring or will occur in a particular area.
  • If you suspect a flash flood is about to happen, immediately climb to higher ground.
  • If on foot, do not attempt to walk through floodwaters. Turn around and go directly to higher ground.
  • Never let children or pets play near floodwaters, storm drains, washes and sewers.
  • If you are in a car, drive away from flooded areas -- never try to drive through them. Even though vehicles in front of you have passed through the high water, you may not be so lucky. Plan alternate routes to get to and from your destination. Only a few inches of floodwater can wash your car off the road.
  • If your car stalls, immediately abandon it and climb to higher ground.
  • Flooded areas are not safe for recreational boating.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow recommended evacuation routes.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flash floods.
  • Do not let children or pets play near flood control channels or detention basins.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle near washes or channels.
To access current flood emergency information:
Additional information on the Clark County Regional Flood Control District can be found here.

During the past couple of weeks, several severe thunderstorms have dumped inches of rain in a matter of minutes.  Remember to stay away from standing or moving water on roadways and stay out of flood channels.  Stay safe this monsoon season!