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    River Flood with Ice - California, Kentucky


    Photographer's description: This picture was taken the day after the flooding of Twelvemile Creek in Southern Campbell County, Ky.  This event included a creek with a great deal of ice in place. The rising creek brought up the ice and when it went back down it failed to take the ice with it.  After the creek receded it left behind stacks of ice 2 to 3 foot high. The State of Kentucky road department was called in and the ice was finally cleared around midnight. Hats off to them for a great job.

    Photographer Jay Withrow
    Date taken February 21, 2007
    Location Near California, Kentucky (Campbell County)     map
    Event Flooding with ice

    Additional notes
    Many small streams, this one included, are more prone to exceed their banks when heavy rain falls.  Since flooding of these locations is relatively common, these events are covered by a flood advisory rather than a flood warning.  If water covers roadways by more than a foot, or poses a more significant threat to life and property, a flood warning will be issued.

    Related NWS Product:  Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory

    Safety Note:
    A flood advisory is issued when flooding is expected to cause an inconvenience, but is not expected to be life-threatening.  However, even minor flooding can be life-threatening if swollen creeks or streams are approached.  Never get close to a swollen creek - you may slip into the water and be carried away or dragged under by its current.  Rushing flood waters may also sweep a car away.  Never drive near a swollen stream, only a few inches of rushing water can sweep away a car!

    Flooding with debris is particularly dangerous.  In this case, the flood waters were full of large sheets of ice.  Combined with the force of the rushing water, debris can easily overpower a person or a vehicle.  Click the link below to see what this ice did to nearby trees.

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