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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany, NY
800 AM EDT Thu Mar 15 2018

The National Weather Service (NWS) Albany, NY has declared March 12
through March 16 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for safety and
preparedness messages throughout the week.

A flood is defined as any high flow, overflow or inundation of water
that causes or threatens damage.  Flooding can occur with prolonged
rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of
time, or when water from an existing source is quickly released, for
example rapid snowmelt or a dam or levee breaks.

At any time of year, a storm from over the ocean can bring heavy
precipitation to the U.S. coasts. Whether such a storm is tropical
or not, prolonged periods of heavy precipitation can cause
freshwater flooding in coastal areas, as well as further inland,
as the storm moves on shore. In addition to the freshwater flood
threat, tropical systems and noreasters can bring the threat of
storm surge related coastal flooding.

Flooding due to snowmelt most often occurs in the spring when
warming temperatures quickly melt the snow. The water runs off
frozen or already saturated ground into nearby streams and rivers,
causing them to rise rapidly.

More information about these and other flood hazards can be found
on the NWS flood safety website at

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