WATERBURY – The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch for the northern half of Vermont, from 11 a.m. Friday until late Saturday night. Heavy rain Thursday night and Friday morning have saturated the ground in many areas and additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy rainfall, are expected Friday and Saturday.
Vermonters are urged to keep an eye on the weather and exercise caution should flood conditions develop. Check the forecast from time to time at www.nws.gov/btv or www.nws.gov/aly for updates on Watches and Warnings. A Flash Flood Watch means flooding is possible, while a Flash Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent.
Anyone can receive weather Watches or Warnings directly to their cell phone or email through Vermont Alert. VTAlert is a free service and users select what notifications they want and how they receive them. Register at www.vtalert.gov.
Safety advice for floods and the weekend:
- Never walk or drive through floodwaters. Unseen washouts and currents can sweep away a person or a vehicle. Respect all road closures and detours.
- Familiarize yourself with the best evacuation route, one that brings you over high ground.
- If you live in an area that is prone to flooding move vehicles, mowers, lawn furniture, or anything that can be swept away, to higher ground.
Hazards will likely remain even after the rain stops and floodwaters recede as natural swimming holes in rivers and other waterways will have high levels and dangerous currents. Before entering waterways closely monitor conditions and err on the side of caution if there is any doubt about its safety. Help avoid tragedy. Visit http://demhs.vermont.gov/news/swimming-hole-safety for more information.