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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
111 PM CDT WED MAR 19 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) TRADITIONALLY DECLARES THE THIRD
WEEK OF MARCH AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THIS YEAR THE NWS
CELEBRATES FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS FOR THE PERIOD OF MARCH 16TH
THROUGH MARCH 22ND.  EACH WEEKDAY DURING THIS AWARENESS WEEK...THE
NWS DISCUSSES DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPICS.

TODAY`S TOPIC...FLOOD HAZARDS

THE NWS DEFINES A FLOOD AS ANY HIGH FLOW...OVERFLOW...OR INUNDATION
OF WATER THAT CAUSES OR THREATENS DAMAGE.  FLOODING MAY OCCUR WITH
PROLONGED RAINFALL OVER SEVERAL DAYS...OR DURING INTENSE RAINFALL IN
A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME...OR WHEN WATER FROM AN EXISTING SOURCE SUCH
AS FROM A DAM BREAK MOVES TOO QUICKLY.  WE LIST BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS
OF FLOODING BELOW.  MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING FLOOD HAZARDS IS
LISTED ONLINE AT THE NWS FLOOD SAFETY WEBSITE AT THE FOLLOWING
WEBSITE:  WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

RIVER FLOODING:  RIVER FLOODING OCCURS WHEN RIVERS RISE AND OVERFLOW
THEIR BANKS...INUNDATING AREAS NORMALLY DRY

FLASH FLOODING:  A RAPID AND EXTREME FLOW OF HIGH WATER INTO A
NORMALLY DRY AREA...OR A RAPID WATER LEVEL RISE IN A CREEK OR BAYOU
ABOVE A PREDETERMINED FLOOD STAGE THAT BEGINS WITHIN SIX HOURS OF
THE CAUSATIVE EVENT (I.E. INTENSE RAINFALL OR DAM/LEVEE FAILURE).

TROPICAL SYSTEMS:  A STORM THAT MOVES INTO THE SOUTHEAST UNITED
STATES FROM THE OCEAN DURING LATE SPRING THROUGH SUMMER AND AUTUMN
THAT CAN RESULT IN DAYS OF PROLONGED TORRENTIAL RAINFALL.

DAM BREAK AND LEVEE FAILURE:  A BREAK OR FAILURE CAN OCCUR WITH
LITTLE OR NO WARNING.  MOST OFTEN THESE BREACHES RESULT FROM WATER
OVERTOPPING A STRUCTURE...OR FROM EXCESSIVE SEEPAGE THROUGH THE
SURROUNDING GROUNDS...OR FROM A STRUCTURAL FAILURE.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT FLOOD HAZARDS AND KNOWING THE ACTIONS TO
TAKE BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD CAN HELP YOU PROTECT YOUR
LIFE AND THE LIVES OF YOUR LOVED ONES AS WELL AS YOUR PROPERTY.
PREPARE NOW BY VISITING WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US THURSDAY FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING FLOOD
RELATED SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE NWS.

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VIII.




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