The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Watch for the Lancaster area. The Watch begins at noon today and is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday night.
Rain may be heavy at times. The NWS is predicting one to two inches of rainfall. In light of all our recent melting snow, that small amount may in fact cause flooding of small streams, creeks and finally the rivers.
A flood watch means there is potential for flooding. If in fact flooding becomes imminent, then a warning will be issued. Lancaster area residents should pay attention to today’s forecasts as they develop. The NWS suggests listening to NOAA Weather Radio or following online at www.weather.gov/statecollege.
This is not just a Boy Scout slogan. Everyone should be prepared for natural disasters, such as floods. Double check your emergency kit and check your rations. Go over your family communication plan. Remember it will only work smoothly in an emergency if everyone knows what to do and has practiced.
If you have to drive today while it’s raining, turn your lights on and be careful. If your wipers are on then your lights must be as well. If you see a body of water on a roadway, do not assume it is just a puddle. Be safe. Turn around. Find a different route. If a road is closed, do not go around the barriers. Find a different route.
It only takes a foot of water to flood most vehicles, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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