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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
800 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

...MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 7 IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
IN ILLINOIS...TODAYS SUBJECT...FLASH FLOOD SAFETY.

A FLASH FLOOD IS A RAPID RISE IN CREEKS AND STREAMS...OR SERIOUS
URBAN FLOODING...CAUSED BY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH
POSES A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS KILL
MORE PEOPLE NATIONWIDE THAN ANY OTHER STORM HAZARD...IN MOST YEARS.
IN ILLINOIS...MOST FLASH FLOODS OCCUR IN JULY AND AUGUST...AND THEY
OFTEN OCCUR AT NIGHT.

ABOUT HALF OF ALL FLASH FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. DONT
DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADS...ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS MOVING
RAPIDLY. FLOODED OR WASHED OUT ROADS ARE ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO SEE
AT NIGHT. REMEMBER...IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROAD...TURN AROUND...
DONT DROWN.

DO NOT LET CHILDREN PLAY NEAR STORM DRAINS...CREEKS OR FLOODED
AREAS.

IF YOU LIVE NEAR A CREEK OR STREAM...EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND IF
WATER RISES RAPIDLY OR IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.

URBAN FLOODING IS ALSO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS. HEAVY RAIN THAT
RESULTS IN FLOODING OF STREETS...VIADUCTS AND UNDERPASSES IN AN
URBAN AREA CAN POSE A THREAT TO MOTORISTS. HEAVY RAIN CAN ALSO
RESULT IN FLOODED BASEMENTS...PONDING OF WATER IN LOW SPOTS AND
RAPID FLOODING OF DRAINAGE DITCHES AND STORM SEWER SYSTEMS.

MARCH 15 THROUGH 21 IS NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. FOR
MORE INFORMATION...VISIT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

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