Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
445 PM EDT FRI MAR 13 2015

...NEXT WEEK IS NEW YORK FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK...

THE WEEK OF MARCH 15TH TO 21ST,2015  HAS BEEN DECLARED FLOOD
AWARENESS WEEK BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK STATE.
FLOODING KILLS MORE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
THAN ANY OTHER STORM-RELATED WEATHER HAZARD. ABOUT 93 PEOPLE SUCCUMB
TO THE RAVAGES OF FLOODING EACH YEAR IN THE U.S.

NEW YORK IS HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO FLOODS. FLOODS CAN OCCUR ANYTIME OF
YEAR AND FROM A VARIETY OF CAUSES. 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
FLOODS. HILLS...MOUNTAINS...LAKES AND OUR EXPANSIVE RIVER SYSTEMS
AND WATERWAYS ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE RISK OF FLOODING WHEN TOO MUCH
RAIN AND RUNOFF OCCUR. THIS MAKES THE AREA PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE
TO FLOODING.

IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, AN AVERAGE OF 89 PEOPLE WERE KILLED EACH YEAR
DUE TO FLOODS. MANY OF THESE DEATHS CAN BE AVOIDED IF PEOPLE ARE
PROPERLY PREPARED AND UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF WATER. THE NUMBER ONE
CAUSE OF FLOOD DEATHS IS WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT 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 CENTRAL NEW YORK. THE LATEST
SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK IS CALLING FOR AN ABOVE NORMAL CHANCE
FOR SPRING FLOODING. HIGH SNOWPACK IS A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO SPRING
FLOOD POTENTIAL. THIS YEAR, THE SNOWPACK IS ABOVE AVERAGE COUPLED
WITH SIGNIFICANT ICE COVER ON OUR RIVERS...THEREFIRE WE ARE AT BOVE
AVERAGE RISK FOR SPRING  FLOODING.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, EACH DAY WE WILL FOCUS ON A DIFFERENT TOPIC
REGARDING FLOODING AND SEND PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO, 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: PARTNERS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK
CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE:

HPPT://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/ (ALL LOWER CASE)

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
DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

$$
DAVID J. NICOSIA
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY








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