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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT HAS DECLARED MARCH 15

THROUGH MARCH 21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY DURING THE

AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED TOPIC.



TODAY`S TOPIC IS FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODS ARE EXACTLY WHAT THE NAME SUGGESTS,

FLOODS THAT HAPPEN IN A FLASH! CAUSES OF FLASH FLOODING INCLUDE HEAVY RAIN, ICE

OR DEBRIS JAMS, AND LEVEE OR DAM FAILURE. THESE FLOODS EXHIBIT A RAPID RISE OF

WATER OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THERE ARE MANY REASONS THAT FLASH FLOODS OCCUR,

BUT ONE OF THE MOST COMMON IS THE RESULT OF COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL FROM

THUNDERSTORMS. THESE SUDDEN DOWNPOURS CAN RAPIDLY CHANGE THE WATER LEVELS IN A

STREAM OR CREEK AND TURN SMALL WATERWAYS INTO VIOLENT, RAGING RIVERS. URBAN AREAS

ARE ESPECIALLY PRONE TO FLASH FLOODS DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNTS OF CONCRETE AND

ASPHALT SURFACES THAT DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO PENETRATE INTO THE SOIL EASILY. IT IS

IMPORTANT TO AVOID LOW LYING AREAS AND STORM DRAINS WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE AREA.

REMEMBER, TURN AROUND, DON`T DROWN!


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