Flooding is the nation’s most common natural disaster. Flooding can occur in every state, and our immediate area has a history of flooding.

However, all floods are not alike. Some flooding can develop slowly during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend following a heavy snow.  Others, such as flash floods, can occur quickly, even without any visible signs of rain.

It is important to be prepared for flooding no matter where you live, but particularly if you are in a low-lying area or near water. This is relevant in our City in areas near the Cuyahoga River and the various small streams and creek beds that overflow quickly and create flooding.

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a flood hazard:

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash Flooding is possible
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon
  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring, seek higher ground immediately