Flooding is the most common hazard for the City of Richmond, and can happen as the result of many types of weather events. Overland flooding occurs when a waterway such as the James River overflows its banks. Flash flooding occurs within a few minutes of heavy rainfall and often comes with little to no warning time. Localized flooding can occur as a result from drainage of storm water and exists on a much smaller scale than flash and overland.
All types of flooding should be taken seriously. Never underestimate the potential damage or harm that a flood can cause. A foot of water can float most vehicles so avoid driving through flooded roadways. Also do not walk through flood waters as they often contain harmful chemicals or debris that could potentially cause injury.