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TIP OF THE WEEK: Long Term Flooding

20 Feb 2020, 9:12 am

Every day, WeatherNation brings you weather information to keep you safe. Every week, John Van Pelt helps get you prepared long before bad weather hits. This week we are talking about the dangers of long term flooding.

Q: We know that coming in behind heat, which is number one, flooding is the number two weather related killer in the U.S. What are the different kinds of flooding we need to be aware of?

Flash flooding is caused by thunderstorms inundating an area with several inches of rain in a short period of time. Tropical flooding is related to Tropical Cyclones bringing extreme amounts of storm surge and fresh water flooding. Areal and river flooding take longer periods to happen and cover larger areas.

Q: So when we see flood watches and other alerts being raised for where we are, what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our families?

A watch means flooding is possible, a warning means it’s time to take immediate action. Seek higher ground and stay as far from flood waters as possible. Watch out for downed or live power lines. Never drive through flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown! Stay weather aware and have a safety plan, kit in place.

Q: Many people think that since they’ve never experienced a flood at their home, that they never will… that’s not always true though, is it?

If it can rain, it can flood. Flood insurance is the first line of defense. For a small investment, you can be protected from these events.

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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.

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