Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
506 AM CDT FRI JUL 22 2016 /406 AM MDT FRI JUL 22 2016/

...Safety Rules For Flash Floods...

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a Flash Flood
Watch. This means that rapid flooding is possible in the watch
area.

Most flash floods in North Dakota are caused by slow-moving
thunderstorms or thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same
area. Flash flooding occurs within six hours of the rain event.
Floods kill more people each year than do tornadoes and
lightning.

Six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your
feet, and a depth of two feet will float your vehicle. Never try
to walk, swim, or drive through fast moving water. If you come
upon flood waters, stop! Turn around and go another way.

Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. Look
out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas. Many
flash floods occur at night, be prepared to take quick action.

Stay informed about the storm by listening to noaa weather radio
and commercial radio or television for the latest information.

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CJS/KS



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