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Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S. All floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud and other debris that can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream, such as when a levee is breached, but still can be destructive. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods.
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What to do BEFORE a flood
What to do DURING a flood
What to do AFTER a flood
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Here are some basic steps to prepare for the storm:
If you are under a flood watch or warning:
Flooding of homes and other buildings frequently results in damage to clothing and other items. Depending on the items involved, some may be easily salvaged while others probably are not worth the work or expense to clean and disinfect them.
Making Drinking Water Safe During Floods
What To Do When Your Well is Flooded
Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency
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