gatorsafe_icon_web_FLOODFlorida experiences a variety of flooding risks throughout the year. Flooding can result from rain associated with slow-moving or stationary frontal systems, tropical cyclones, and thunderstorms.

Portions of the UF campus and the surrounding areas can be impacted by “urban & small stream” and “areal” flooding.

What to Know

  • Urban & small stream flooding refers to the ponding of water on streets, underpasses, low-lying areas, storm drains as well as small creeks and streams.
  • Areal flooding normally refers to more widespread areas and results from a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying areas usually caused by prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall.
  • Flood WATCH = Issued when the potential for flooding exists
  • Flood WARNING = (Areal or Urban & Small Stream Warning) = Issued when flooding is imminent or in progress
  • Flood ADVISORY = (Areal or Urban & Small Stream Advisory) = Issued when flooding is expected to be of inconvenience, but not necessarily life-threatening

What to Do

  • Avoid already flooded areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • If driving, be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. Turn around and go another way. Do not drive through flooded roadways.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flooding dangers.

A foot of water will cause many vehicles to float. Most flood-related deaths occur at night and are vehicular.

Flood damages are not covered under homeowners’ insurance claims. Consider purchasing flood insurance.

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