What's the difference between Flood Warnings, Watches, Statements & Advisories?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM

What's the difference between Flood Warnings, Watches, Statements & Advisories?

A Flood Watch means there's a threat of flooding that could pose a serious threat to life or property, but isn't imminent. A Flood Warning means flooding is occuring which poses a serious threat to life or property. A Flood statement is meant to highlight flooding which doesn't pose a threat to life or property. A Flood advisory is issued when flooding is expected to be inconvenient but not pose a major threat. An example of an advisory is when urban or small stream flooding is expected, often due to backed up storm drains.

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