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000 NOUS41 KBGM 251212 PNSBGM PAZ038>040-043-044-047-048-072-260400- 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: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/ 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 $$ Kat Hawley Meteorologist NOAA`s National Weather Service Binghamton NY

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