Flood advisory upgraded to flash flood warning

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The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office has upgraded the flood advisory to a flash flood warning, in effect for Guam until 4 p.m. this afternoon, which means flooding is imminent or occurring.

Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are producing heavy rain across Guam. Two to three inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include, but are not limited to Santa Rita, Talofofo, Inarajan, Asan, Merizo, Piti, and Umatac.

The community is advised to take precautionary actions:

· Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Move to higher ground.
· If there is a flooding emergency, contact 911.
· Stay away from storm drains, culverts, creeks, and streams.
· Water levels can rise rapidly and sweep people away.
· Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away
· If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
· If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. If the water is moving, do not leave the car.
· Do not camp, park, or hike along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

To report impassable roads, contact GHS/OCD at (671) 475-9600. For more information, contact GHS/OCD Acting Public Information Officer Jaimie H. Cruz at (671) 688-0428 or via email at jaimie.cruz@ghs.guam.gov.