FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO THROUGH 6AM TUE, 7/23, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER

Flash Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY THROUGH 6AM TUESDAY JULY 23RD.

A VIGOROUS UPPER LEVEL WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY AND TONIGHT. WITH THE HUMID AIR MASS AND SATURATED SOILS FROM PREVIOUS RAINFALL, NEW RAINFALL COULD EASILY BECOME EXCESSIVE. RAINFALL OF 1.5 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS COULD CAUSE SMALL STREAM FLOODING. RAINFALL OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES IN AN HOUR COULD CAUSE URBAN OR OTHER POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING. THE MOST LIKELY TIME PERIOD FOR THE HEAVIEST RAINS WILL BE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.  HEADWATERS RIVERS MAY ALSO HAVE STRONG RISES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

IF YOU LIVE NEAR A FLOOD PRONE STREAM, MONITOR WATER LEVELS FREQUENTLY DURING THE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS, EVEN LATE AT NIGHT. HAVE A PLAN TO TAKE FAST ACTION SHOULD WATER LEVELS RISE QUICKLY OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.

About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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