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    Flash Flood - Decatur, Ohio


    Photographer's description: Along SR 763

    Photographer Jerry Dierks
    Date taken June 4, 2008
    Location Near Decatur, OH (Brown County)     map
    Event Flash flood

    Additional notes

    The rapid rushing of water in this photo characterizes a flash flood.  This is the most dangerous type of flooding, since the water can rise very quickly and catch people off guard.  The fast-moving water also exerts a severe force on objects and can seriously damage or wash away roads and bridges (evidenced in the next two photos).

    Safety Note:  Never approach a swollen stream.  You could slip or lose your footing and be washed away in the rapid current.  Many people die each year by getting too close to rushing water.

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

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