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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT THU MAR 20 2014

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



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH  17 THROUGH 21, 2014,

NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN

BURLINGTON, VERMONT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS OF VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW

YORK TO BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS FROM FLOODING IN THE NORTH COUNTRY,

AND TAKE TIME DURING THIS WEEK TO REVIEW FLOOD THREATS AND FLOOD

SAFETY PRACTICES. A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC WILL BE FEATURED

EACH DAY DURING THE WEEK. TODAY`S TOPIC: NWS WATER RESOURCES INFORMATION.



THE NWS HOMEPAGE, WWW.WEATHER.GOV, PROVIDES UP TO DATE WEATHER AND WATER

ADVISORY, WATCH, AND WARNING INFORMATION FOR THE U.S. AND ITS TERRITORIES.

HOWEVER, THE NWS PROVIDES MANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP EMERGENCY

MANAGERS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE CITIZENS MAKE WATER DECISIONS.



FLOOD WARNINGS...WHEN FLOODING THREATENS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MAY

ISSUE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WARNINGS, DEPENDING ON THE FLOOD THREAT:



FLOOD WARNINGS FOR MAJOR RIVERS...THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR SPECIFIC

POINTS ON  MAJOR RIVERS, AND INCLUDE FORECASTS OF WATER LEVELS AND

INDICATIONS OF FLOOD SEVERITY:



MINOR FLOODING: MINIMAL OR NO PROPERTY DAMAGE, BUT POSSIBLY SOME PUBLIC

THREAT OR INCONVENIENCE.



MODERATE FLOODING: SOME INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES AND ROADS NEAR STREAMS.

SOME EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND/OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER

ELEVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.



MAJOR FLOODING: EXTENSIVE INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES AND ROADS. SIGNIFICANT

EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND/OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS.



FLOOD WARNINGS FOR SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS: THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED

FOR SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS. RIVER GAGE INFORMATION MAY OR MAY NOT

BE AVAILABLE.



FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS: THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR AN AREA WHEN RAPID,

LIFE THREATENING RISES IN WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED. FLASH FLOODS MAY

BE CAUSED BY VERY HEAVY RAINFALL IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, A DAM

OR LEVEE FAILURE, OR SUDDEN RELEASE OF WATER HELD BY AN ICE OR DEBRIS

JAM CAN ALSO LEAD TO FLASH FLOODS. WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED

OR FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. IMMEDIATE ACTION

MUST BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.



ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE (AHPS): AHPS PROVIDES A SUITE OF

RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS AND WATER INFORMATION THAT INCLUDES CURRENT

AND FORECAST RIVER LEVELS, AS WELL AS PRECIPITATION TOTALS. AHPS ALSO

PROVIDES LONGER TERM PROBABILISTIC FORECASTS OF RIVER LEVELS FOR

CUSTOMERS MAKING RISK BASED DECISIONS. AHPS CAN BE ACCESSED BY GOING

TO THE NWS BURLINGTON HOME PAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BTV, THEN CLICK THE

RIVERS AND LAKES ICON, OR GO TO WATER.WEATHER.GOV.



FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING: THE ABILITY TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE TO SEE HOW

MANY CITY BLOCKS AND ROADS MIGHT BE FLOODED IS BECOMING CLEARER WITH FLOOD

INUNDATION MAPPING. NOAA`S NWS AND NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE ARE COLLABORATING

WITH THE USGS, USACE, FEMA AND OTHER PARTNERS TO DEVELOP THESE INUNDATION

MAPS FOR FLOODING. HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/INUNDATION.PHP



WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (WPC) PRECIPITATION FORECASTS: WPC PROVIDES

PRECIPITATION FORECASTS FOR THE ENTIRE U.S., INCLUDING PUERTO RICO.

WPC ALSO ISSUES EXCESSIVE RAINFALL FORECASTS, SHORT-RANGE DISCUSSIONS

ON HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS, AND SNOWFALL AND FREEZING RAIN PROBABILITIES.

WWW.WPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/



NWS RIVER FORECAST CENTERS (RFCS): THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS A

NETWORK OF THIRTEEN RFCS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THESE RFCS COLLECT,

PROCESS, AND PROVIDE WATER RESOURCE AND RIVER FORECASTS AND INFORMATION

FOR MAJOR RIVER BASINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/RFC/RFC.PHP



FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEBSITE: ON THIS PAGE, YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION

ON WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A FLOOD. WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV



STAYING AWARE OF AN EVOLVING WEATHER SITUATION CAN HELP YOU PREPARE WHEN

FLOODING OR OTHER WEATHER HAZARDS IMPACT YOUR AREA. BE A FORCE OF NATURE!

WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/



JOIN US TOMORROW ON THE FINAL DAY OF NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK

TO FIND OUT ABOUT SOME GREAT FLOOD RESOURCES OFFERED BY SEVERAL NWS

PARTNERS!




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