Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:17 am EDT on March 17, 2014
Flood safety awareness week 2014 is March 16th through March 22nd.
The National Weather Service will feature a different educational
topic each day during safety week. Today's topic is flood safety
through preparedness and awareness.
Nearly every day flooding happens somewhere in the United States.
It causes more damage in the United States than any other weather
related event. On average... floods cause eight billion dollars in
damages and eighty nine fatalities annually. Being prepared and
knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive
Floods can occur when rivers come out of their banks after a period
of heavy rainfall... dam break... or ice jams. Large volumes of water
can cause flash flood... or flooding the urban areas where the sewers
and drains can't Cope and there is nowhere for the water to soak
As with all emergencies... prevention is better than the cure. In the
case of flooding this means watching the weather forecasts before
you set out on a trip. If flooding is widespread you might be better
off canceling trips that are not absolutely necessary.
If you are in a flood prone area consider placing your car and other
movable property to a safe place when you first hear the warnings.
But also be aware that if flooding has started... moving your vehicle
could pose a serious risk. Never underestimate the dangers of flood
Join US tomorrow for information on the National weather service's
turn around... don't drown program.