Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
740 AM EDT THU APR 09 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) IN MOUNT HOLLY, NJ HAS DECLARED
APRIL 6TH THROUGH APRIL 10TH AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH
DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A
DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED TOPIC.

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 LOW-LYING AREAS. 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`S 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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