Tell me about general flooding?

July 15, 2008 5:19:16 AM PDT
article| David Murphy| General Flooding is a term I've coined to describe any run-of-the-mill flooding that tends to occur as the result of a passing rainstorm or thunderstorm. The result of general flooding is often short-lived and confined to poor drainage areas or low lying streets which usually drain off in the hours following the rain event. Creeks and streams may also rise beyond flood stage in localized areas during a general flood, but quickly recede. These types of floods are quite common in the Lehigh and Delaware Valleys, or in any other highly developed area with reduced run-off capabilities, due to an abundance of roads, parking lots and buildings that prevent normal drainage. Again, the effects of these flooding events are short-lived and generally confined to streets and other areas with poor drainage.