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Flash flooding concerns open Severe Weather Awareness Week

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  

A statewide tornado drill is set for Thursday to help schools, businesses, and homes practice their responses to a real twister. Also, the National Weather Service has daily lessons about pitfalls to avoid.  

Monday's topic is something lots of folks know all too well about -- flash flooding. It's the Number One killer during thunderstorms. 84 Americans died from floods a year ago.

It's a timely lesson, since thunderstorms are in the forecast statewide -- and thousands of Wisconsinites live along rivers that are swollen from melting snow.  

The Weather Service notes that two feet of water is enough to make most cars float, so people should steer clear of all flood waters. Also, authorities warn people about boating or canoeing in rapid rivers.  

At least a couple people in Wisconsin have had to be saved from raging waters this month.

Monday morning, the Weather Service said the Mississippi River was a half-foot over its banks at Prairie du Chien. The Fox River at Berlin and the Wolf at Shiocton were all above its flood stages at last word.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)