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Definitions
 
Flood Watch
Issued by local National Weather Service Forecast offices for individual counties when there is a POSSIBILITY of flooding of any kind. Flooding could include urban and poor drainage flooding due to heavy rain, river and stream flooding due to heavy rain or ice jams or flooding due to a dam failure.
 
General Flood Warning
Issued by local National Weather Service Forecast offices for individual counties when flooding is OCCURRING or EXPECTED to occur. General county wide Flood Warnings are issued when relatively slow to develop flooding is likely over a fairly wide area. This differs from a Flash Flood Warning which is issued when rapid flooding is expected over a small area.
 
River Flood Warning
Issued by local National Weather Service Forecast offices when flooding is expected to occur on main stem rivers. River flooding is generally slow to occur with the high water in many cases occurring some time after the heavy rain from a storm ends. An exception to this is when ice jams in the winter form which can create rapid flooding of rivers. River flood warnings can remain in effect for extended periods of time. River flood warnings are issued using National Weather Service County codes. Therefore, on this graphic, river flood warnings will cause the county the river flows through to light up.