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Common Terminology
When a Flood WATCH Is Issued . . .
  - It means conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  - You should move valuables to higher floors of your home.
  - Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.

When a Flood WARNING Is Issued . . .
  - It means flooding is imminent or occurring. 
  - Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.

When a Flash Flood WATCH Is Issued . . .
  - It means conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible. 
  - Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.

When a Flash Flood WARNING Is Issued . . .
  - It means flash flooding is imminent or occurring.
  - Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
  - Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades . . . they are there for your safety.
  - If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

Information courtesy of American Red Cross: Black Hills Area Chapter Press Release (April 7, 2009)

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