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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany, NY
800 AM EDT Thu  Mar 16 2017

The National Weather Service (NWS) Albany, NY has declared March 13
through March 17 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during
the awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for safety and
preparedness messages throughout the week.

A flood is defined as any high flow, overflow or inundation of water
that causes or threatens damage.  Flooding can occur with prolonged
rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time,
or when water from an existing source is quickly released, for example
rapid snowmelt or a dam or levee breaks.

At any time of year, a storm from over the ocean can bring heavy
precipitation to the U.S. coasts. Whether such a storm is tropical or
not, prolonged periods of heavy precipitation can cause freshwater
flooding in coastal areas, as well as further inland, as the storm moves
on shore. In addition to the freshwater flood threattropical systems and
noreasters can bring the threat of storm surge related coastal flooding.

Flooding due to snowmelt most often occurs in the spring when warming
temperatures quickly melt the snow. The water runs off frozen or already
saturated ground into nearby streams and rivers, causing them to rise

More information about these and other flood hazards can be found on the
NWS flood safety website at

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