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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Sat Mar 25 2017

...Next Week is Pennsylvania Flood Awareness Week...
The week of March 27-31, 2017 has been declared Pennsylvania`s
Flood Awareness Week by the National Weather Service.

Pennsylvania is highly vulnerable to floods. Floods can occur any
time of year from a variety of causes such as ice jams, snowmelt,
heavy rain, thunderstorms. Nor`easters and tropical systems all
cause flooding in this region of the country. The beautiful scenery
that we enjoy is a major contributing factor to our vulnerability
to flooding. Hills, mountains, lakes and our expansive waterways,
all contribute to the risk of flooding when too much rain and
runoff occurs.

Each year for the past 30 years, an average of 81 people were killed
by flooding across the Nation. Many of these deaths can be avoided
if people are properly prepare and understand the power of water.
The number one cause of flood deaths is attributed to people
attempting to drive through a flooded roadway. Many of these flood
deaths can be avoided through education and awareness.

The spring flood season is upon us in northeast Pennsylvania. The
latest spring Flood Potential Outlook is calling for a below normal
risk of widespread river flooding due to a lower than average Spring
snow pack, and some overall rainfall deficits. It would take a
widespread and heavy rainfall event to unleash major flooding on
our area. We still need to always be vigilant to the possibility of
localized flooding caused by thunderstorms, and other forms of
locally heavy rainfall.

Throughout the week, we will focus on a different topic each day
regarding Flooding. Public Information Statements will be broadcast
over NOAA weather radio, and distributed to the NOAA weather wire
and the internet. Feel free to broadcast, print or use the
information in these Public Information Statements as you see fit.
The National Weather Service is asking the media and emergency
managers to help us educate the public concerning the danger of
floods. That is the goal of next week.

The topics that we will focus on next week are as follows:

Monday: Flood Safety

Tuesday: Turn Around, Don`t Drown

Wednesday: Flood Hazards

Thursday: NWS services

Friday: Partner Services

For more information on Flood Awareness Week, check out the
following web site:

You can also contact Dave Nicosia Warning Coordination
Meteorologist for NOAA`s National Weather Service in
Binghamton at 607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at

Kat Hawley
NOAA`s National Weather Service Binghamton NY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.