Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
825 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY OF 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 THAT CAUSE
FLASH FLOODING. 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. ITS IMPORTANT TO
AVOID LOW LYING AREAS AND STORM DRAINS WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE
AREA. REMEMBER...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN!

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TERRY








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