What are flood watches and warnings?

July 15, 2008 6:40:54 AM PDT
article| David Murphy| A Flood Watch is posted by the National Weather Service and reported on Channel 6 and 6abc.com whenever conditions are ripe for flooding. Usually, this is based on a combination of current water levels in creeks and streams and expected future rainfall. If you are within a watch area, keep an eye on media reports, especially if you live or work in a flood-prone area. Expect possible flooding if you are traveling. Never walk or drive through flooded areas. A Flood Warning is declared and reported whenever flooding is actually occurring. In the event of a warning, 6abc.com will have links to the warning text describing which areas and which creeks and rivers are flooding, as well as the locations and extent of flooding that is occurring. We will also provide links to stream gauges around the region, so you can check locations near you and see whether your local waterways are projected to flood in the near future. Again, if you live or work in a flood-prone area, keep a close eye on conditions and media reports. Leave immediately if flood waters move close. Do not drive or walk through flood water.