Wow! March and April has brought in the rain with Them!
As many counties in the Southern Illinois area are under a flash flood watch, SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion wants you know know what this means and how this can be a problem for some of you.
So what are the terms used for flooding and what exactly do they mean?
"Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property."
(definitions were pulled from the National Weather Service and attached is the link : https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-watch-warning if you would like any further details.)
These terms all have different meanings and you are responsible to take action as needed to keep you and your family safe when heavy rain comes your way.
As always, be aware of the weather coming your way and be prepared for any situation. And remember SERVPRO of Caboodle/Marion is always here to restore any damage that may strike your home or business. So protect yourself and we can take care of any other resulting damage.