River flooding is caused by the gradual increase in the water level of river or creek. These floods usually occur seasonally with general rains, or with heavy rainfall from tropical systems. A good example of this flooding is the flooding that affected south Georgia after Tropical Storm Alberto in 1994.
Know what to listen for. A Flood Watch or a Flash Flood Watch means that conditions have been detected that could lead to flooding of a certain area. A River Flood Warning or a Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent and you should take action immediately. You can monitor the weather radio or any local radio or TV station to get the latest information.
If flooding occurs get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding such as canyons, dips, low spots, and washes.
Avoid areas already flooding, especially if the water is fast flowing. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Road beds may be washed out due to the flooding. Never try to cross flooded roadways.
If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
Further information can be obtained at www.srh.noaa.gov/floods.