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    Flash Flood - California, Kentucky


    Photographer's description: An example of flooding of Twelvemile Creek in California, Ky. Since this creek extends up into northern portions of Pendleton County, rains far removed from the site of this picture can result in flooding. It is not uncommon for the creek to come out of its banks 3 or 4 times a year. The road runs parallel to the creek which is on the right.

    Photographer Jay Withrow
    Date taken September 29, 2005
    Location California, Kentucky (Campbell County)     map
    Event Small stream flooding

    Additional notes
    This creek significantly rose out of its banks as a result of heavy rain upstream.  The rate of rainfall likely pushed this creek up quickly, which can often catch residents and travelers off guard.  This situation is referred to as a flash flood, which differs from a regular river flood because of the dangerously quickly-rising water.

    Related NWS Product:  Flash Flood Warning

    Safety Note: 
    This photo shows water in excess of a foot covering the roadway.  If the water is moving, this is enough to carry a vehicle off the road.  Any motorist who encounters a situation similar to the one pictured here should immediately stop and find another route.  Turn around, don't drown!

    Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is that people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.

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