Monsoon rains are threatening to cause dangerous flash flooding in a few western states where several people have already lost their lives in the floodwaters. The American Red Cross is watching the situation to respond if necessary and urges everyone to follow the flooding safety steps below.
Flash flood watches have been issued in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona through the weekend. Flash floods occur very quickly and can catch people off-guard, especially if traveling. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible. A flash flood warning means flooding is already happening and people should take immediate precautions.
Some areas have already received more rain than during the 2020 monsoon season which, according to the National Park Service, occurs in July, August and September. Scarred ground from previous wildfires could make the situation worse.
Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on floods. You can find it by searching “American Red Cross” in app stores, or at redcross.org/apps.
After flooding, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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