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NOUS41 KBUF 051330

930 AM EDT FRI MAY 5 2017


The National Weather Service and the New York State Office of
Emergency Management have proclaimed April 30 to May 6 Severe
Weather Awareness Week in New York State.

Of all the weather hazards which confront New Yorkers, flooding
poses the greatest threat to lives and property. On August 10th,
2009, flash flooding ravaged parts of Gowanda and Silver Creek in
Western NY resulting in millions of dollars in damage.

The heavy rains of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2012
caused over a billion dollars in flood damages across New York State
and damages from Sandy were over 40 billion dollars.

When looking at previous flood events in New York, one can see that
flooding is a serious threat at any time of year. If you live in a
flood prone area, you must always be prepared. National Weather
Service forecasters routinely monitor river levels, rainfall, and
snowfall in New York.

Whenever there is a threat that rainfall will result in flooding, a
flood watch will be issued. You should be prepared for the
possibility of flooding whenever a flood watch is in effect. Make
sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. The potential loss of
electricity would make gasoline pumps inoperable. Know your
evacuation routes in advance in case you have to leave the area.
Make arrangements for a place to stay if you are forced to leave
your home, and keep a stock of food which requires no cooking or
refrigeration. The potential loss of electricity or natural gas
service will spoil perishable foods. Store drinking water in
containers or a clean bathtub, about a gallon of water per person,
per day, for up to four days.

The National Weather Service will issue a Flood or Flash Flood
Warning whenever flooding is either occurring or is imminent. You
must act quickly when a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your
community. If you live in an area near a river or stream, move to
higher ground, but never drive across a flooded road. The water may
be hiding a road washout, or the current may be strong enough to
sweep your vehicle away. If your car stalls, leave it immediately
and move to higher ground. Finally, be especially cautious at night
since it`s harder to recognize flood dangers.

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