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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
938 AM PDT TUE OCT 21 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...BE AWARE...BE PREPARED...TAKE ACTION...

THIS IS THE SECOND DAY OF CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK. THE
PURPOSE OF THIS WEEK IS TO EDUCATE YOU ABOUT THE POTENTIAL RISKS
AND DANGERS OF URBAN AND RURAL FLOODING AS WELL AS SMALL STREAM
FLOODING.

IN URBAN AREAS...HEAVY RAIN CAN OVERWHELM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND
WATER CAN END UP PONDING IN LOW LYING STREET
INTERSECTIONS...BACKED UP STORM DRAINS AND HIGHWAY UNDERPASSES.
IN RURAL AREAS...HEAVY RAIN MAY NOT PERCOLATE INTO THE
SOIL...ESPECIALLY IF IT IS ALREADY SATURATED. THE EXECESSIVE
RUNOFF CAUSED BY HEAVY RAIN CAN LEAD TO THE FLOODING OF
FARMLAND...BACKYARDS...LOWER FLOORS OF HOMES AND ENTIRE
NEIGHBORHOODS.

HEAVY RAIN CAN ALSO LEAD TO RAPID WATER RISES ALONG SMALL STREAM
AND RIVERS. ONCE WATER BEGINS TO SPILL OUT OF THE BANKS OF SMALL
RIVERS AND STREAMS...FLOODING CAN QUICKLY INUNDATE NEARBY PROPERTY
AND CAUSE WATER DAMAGE TO HOMES...BUSINESSES...PARKS AND ROADS
ADJACENT TO A RIVER OR SMALL STREAM.

PONDING WATER CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AS IT CAN FLOAT AN
AUTOMOBILE AT A DEPTH OF ONLY ONE AND A HALF FEET. FAST MOVING
WATER ONLY SIX INCHES DEEP CAN KNOCK AN ADULT OFF THEIR FEET.
MOST DEATHS OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED AND DROWN IN THEIR OWN
VEHICLES. THIS IS WHY IT IS NEVER A SMART IDEA TO DRIVE THROUGH A
FLOODED INTERSECTION OR STREET. IF YOU EVER APPROACH A FLOODED
STREET OR INTERSECTION...HEED THE ADVICE OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...TURN AROUND...DO NOT DROWN.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM THE THREAT OF
URBAN...RURAL...AND RIVER FLOODING?

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN RURAL AREAS...NEAR RIVERS OR STREAMS SHOULD
STAY ALERT FOR RAPID WATER RISES AND BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO
HIGHER GROUND OR A PLACE OF SAFETY.

HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN READY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

IF YOU LIVE IN A DESIGNATED FLOOD PLAIN...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FLOOD
INSURANCE.

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RELATED WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:

CALIFORNIA DWR FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEBSITE
HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/FLOODSAFE/CA-FLOODPREPAREDNESS/FPW_HOME.CFM

CALIFORNIA DWR FLOOD MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/FLOODMGMT/

FEMA TSUNAMIS INFORMATION WEBSITE
HTTP://WWW.READY.GOV/TSUNAMIS

CALIFORNIA OES MY HAZARDS WEBSITE
HTTP://MYHAZARDS.CALEMA.CA.GOV/

FEMA FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM
WWW.FEMA.GOV/NATIONAL-FLOOD-INSURANCE-PROGRAM

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