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March 9, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Before too many more days get away from me, I wanted to remind you that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, brought to you by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Flood Safety Awareness week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods and what you can do to save lives and protect property.



Image: NOAA

This is the time of year when spring storms are on the horizon and the beginning of the Atlantic tropical season is only a few months away, but Flood Safety Awareness Week this year is especially poignant as El-Niño-driven storms have pounded the South with such abundant rain that widespread drought conditions have been eliminated, while copious snowfalls in many parts of the country are now about to melt and add to already-swollen streams and rivers. In addition, grounds already saturated with recent rains won’t be able to absorb as much rainfall as they typically would, forcing additional water to tributaries even more quickly.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of the Turn Around Don’t Drown campaign of the National Weather Service. TADD is designed to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters.

Useful information:
How to prepare for a flood.

The CAQ on Flood Safety from www.weather.gov.

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