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Issued by NWS Aberdeen, SD

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
528 AM CDT WED APR 23 2014

...MINNESOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...DAY THREE
...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.

LAST YEAR IN MINNESOTA...
FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO CROPS...
PROPERTY AND PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS BRIDGES AND ROADS LAST
YEAR.

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 FLOOD
PLAIN 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.

NOTE...TOMORROW...THURSDAY APRIL 24...IS THE TORNADO DRILL DAY.
A SIMULATED TORNADO WATCH FOR MINNESOTA WILL BE ISSUED AT 1 PM. A
SIMULATED TORNADO WARNING WILL BE ISSUED FOR ALL MINNESOTA
COUNTIES AT 145 PM AND AGAIN AT 655 PM.

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