Flooding is the most common and most costly disaster in Wisconsin. Flooding can happen anywhere in the state, but there are ways to reduce your home’s risk of flooding and keep you safe.
When flooding is about to happen or occurring, your first priority is the physical safety of you, your loved ones, and your pets.
TERMS USED DURING FLOODING
A flood advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, caution should be exercised, and it can lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property
People should be prepared for potential flooding. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding.
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
flash flood warning
If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood happens quickly and can take minutes to occur.
types of flooding
This type of flooding is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than six hours. Flash floods are characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through river beds and urban streets. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur if a levee or dam has failed, or there is a sudden release of water by a debris or ice jam. Areas damaged by wildfire are particularly susceptible to flash flooding.
This flooding occurs when water levels rise over the top of river banks due to excessive rainfall, snowmelt, or an ice jam.
This flooding is caused by heavy rainfall and on shore winds.