It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week here in Missouri.

Today’s theme is flood safety.

Flash flooding kills far more people in the United States than tornadoes, lightning, or hurricanes, making it the primary killer among all severe weather hazards. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Be aware that very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, that appear harmless in dry weather are often the most dangerous areas when flash flooding occurs.

Many flash flooding deaths occur when vehicles are swept off low-water crossings that are not meant to be crossed during flooding.

Learn where to get your timely information, how to prepare for the worst, snag some safety tips, and more at The National Weather Service or Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

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