Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.
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Ready or not, flood season is here. Heavy rain and snow showers are closing in on the Midwest and some regions, like the Red River Valley in western Minnesota, are already underwater. It's time to review these easy tips so you know what to do once the waters start to rise.
• A flashflood can arrive suddenly and unannounced as a result of a thunderstorm that is happening (or happened hours ago) many miles away, upstream or upslope, where the rain collects into natural channels and gathers strength as it roars downhill toward your location. You might be standing under blue sky when the flood arrives like an out-of-control freight train.