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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT THU APR 30 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW ENGLAND AND NEW YORK...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...ALONG WITH ALL THE NEW ENGLAND STATES

AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK...HAVE PROCLAIMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 26TH

THROUGH MAY 2ND AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.



HISTORICALLY...FLOODING HAS BEEN THE NUMBER ONE NATURAL DISASTER

IN LOSS OF PROPERTY AND LIFE IN VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK.



THE TERM "FLASH FLOOD" REFERS TO RAPID RISES IN STREAMS AND

RIVERS...USUALLY 6 HOURS OR LESS. THE TERM "FLOOD" IS RESERVED FOR

LONGER DURATION FLOODING. BOTH ARE EQUALLY SERIOUS...IF A WARNING

FOR EITHER IS ISSUED...ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.



MOST FLASH FLOODING IS CAUSED BY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS.

SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO FLASH

FLOODING...ESPECIALLY IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN SUCH AS THE MONTGOMERY

VERMONT FLOOD IN JULY 1997...MUCH OF THE NORTH COUNTRY DURING

JUNE OF 1998...HANCOCK IN AUGUST 2008...AND ELLENBURG IN AUGUST 2010.

HEAVY RAIN FROM REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORMS HAVE ALSO CREATED

FLOODING IN THE NORTH COUNTRY...SUCH AS TROPICAL STORM DEAN IN 1995

AND TROPICAL STORM FLOYD IN 1999.



ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSES AGAINST THE THREAT OF FLOODS IS TO STAY

INFORMED. LISTEN TO NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO TO STAY UPDATED

ON THE LATEST FORECASTS...STATEMENTS...WATCHES AND WARNINGS. KNOW

YOUR SURROUNDINGS. AREAS NEAR CREEKS...RIVERS...OR LAKES ARE ALL

SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING.



HEAVY RAIN CAN MAKE EVEN THE SMALLEST STREAM A RAGING TORRENT. RAIN

FAR UPSTREAM CAN CAUSE FLOODING AT A DOWNSTREAM LOCATION... EVEN

THOUGH YOU HAVE NOT WITNESSED ANY RAIN AT ALL.



A FLOOD OR FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR

FLOODING TO OCCUR. A WATCH MAY BE ISSUED SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE

FLOODING IS EXPECTED. THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE PREPARATIONS AND KEEP

INFORMED. IF A FLOOD OR FLASH FLOOD IS OBSERVED...OR A WARNING IS

ISSUED...TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU ARE IN A FLOOD PRONE AREA...

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY AS EVACUATION ROUTES MAY BE CUT

OFF...LEAVING YOU STRANDED.



IF YOU ARE IN YOUR VEHICLE AND FLOOD WATERS ARE RISING AROUND YOU...

ABANDON THE VEHICLE AND MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND. NEVER TRY TO DRIVE

ACROSS BRIDGES OR STREETS COVERED BY FLOOD WATER...THE WATER MAY

HAVE ERODED THEM MAKING THEM UNSAFE. MOST FLOOD FATALITIES OCCUR

AT NIGHT...BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AFTER DARK WHEN IT IS HARDER TO

RECOGNIZE AREAS OF HIGH WATER.



FOR MORE WEATHER INFORMATION...CHECK THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

HOMEPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND FOR THE BURLINGTON OFFICE...CLICK

ON VERMONT.


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