Here’s how to keep your family safe during rapid floods

Flash flooding has hit swaths of the USA in recent weeks, from Tropical Depression Henri knocking out power to rapid flooding in Middle Tennessee. 

Multiple fatalities were reported after record-breaking rain surged through Tennessee this month, and families reported losing everything in the floodwaters.

Experts said there are ways to prepare for storms and flash flooding, including if you have to evacuate from your home or gather in a shelter during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Here’s what you need to know about flash flooding and how to keep you and your family safe.  

What is a flash flood?  

Flash floods can begin within minutes of storms, according to the National Weather Service.  

Flash floods are usually caused by heavy rainfall, but they can also be caused by dam or levee breaks and other factors, according to Ed Clark, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Water Center.  

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