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Issued by NWS Aberdeen, SD

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
513 AM CDT THU APR 28 2016 /413 AM MDT THU APR 28 2016/

...SOUTH DAKOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...DAY FOUR...
...FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS...

ON A NATIONAL LEVEL...
FLOODS CLAIM NEARLY 200 LIVES ANNUALLY...FORCE 300,000 PERSONS FROM THEIR
HOMES...AND RESULT IN PROPERTY DAMAGE IN EXCESS OF 2 BILLION DOLLARS.
CHARACTERISTICALLY...75 PERCENT OF FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR AT NIGHT WITH
HALF OF THE VICTIMS DYING IN THEIR AUTOMOBILES OR OTHER VEHICLES. IT MAY
BE DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE...BUT MANY DEATHS OCCUR WHEN PERSONS KNOWINGLY
DRIVE AROUND ROAD BARRICADES INDICATING THE ROAD IS WASHED OUT AHEAD.

ARE YOU PREPARED?
ASSUME A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCES 6 INCHES OF RAIN IN LESS THAN 6 HOURS TIME
NEAR YOUR COMMUNITY. STORMS OF THIS MAGNITUDE OR GREATER OCCUR SEVERAL
TIMES EACH YEAR IN THE U.S.  WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT ACTION TO TAKE TO PROTECT
YOURSELF AND THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON YOU FOR SAFETY? AFTER A MAJOR FLOOD
EVENT...ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUOTES FROM THE SURVIVORS OF THE FLOOD IS
THE EXPRESSION THEY DID NOT BELIEVE IT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM OR IN THEIR
COMMUNITY.

BEFORE THE FLOODING...
THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO TO PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF FLASH FLOOD
PRODUCING RAINFALL. HOWEVER...BY STRIVING FOR SOUND FLOODPLAIN ZONING...
DEVELOPING AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN IN ADVANCE OF THE DISASTER...
PURCHASING FLOOD INSURANCE AT LEAST 30 DAYS BEFORE THE FLOODING...AND
BEING AWARE OF THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL AND
FLOODING...THERE IS A CHANCE OF DECREASING THE DEATH TOLL AND PROPERTY
DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM FLASH FLOODING.

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