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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Sun Mar 11 2018

...Next Week is New York State Flood Awareness Week...
The week of March 11-17, 2018 has been declared New York`s
Flood Awareness Week by the National Weather Service office`s
serving NY state.

New York is highly vulnerable to floods. Floods can occur any
time of year from a variety of causes such as ice jams, snowmelt,
heavy rain, thunderstorms. Nor`easters and tropical systems all
cause flooding in this region of the country. The beautiful scenery
that we enjoy is a major contributing factor to our vulnerability
to flooding. Hills, mountains, lakes and our expansive waterways,
all contribute to the risk of flooding when too much rain and
runoff occurs.

Each year for the past 30 years, an average of 81 people were killed
by flooding across the Nation. Many of these deaths can be avoided
if people are properly prepare and understand the power of water.
The number one cause of flood deaths is attributed to people
attempting to drive through a flooded roadway. Many of these flood
deaths can be avoided through education and awareness.

The spring flood season is upon us in central New York. The latest
Spring Flood Potential Outlook is calling for a normal risk of
river flooding due to a average Spring snow pack, and some overall
rainfall deficits. It would take a widespread and heavy rainfall
event to unleash major flooding on our area. We still need to be
vigilant to the possibility of localized flooding caused by
thunderstorms, and other forms of locally heavy rainfall.

Throughout the week, we will focus on a different topic each day
regarding Flooding. Public Information Statements will be broadcast
over NOAA weather radio, and distributed to the NOAA weather wire,
social media and the internet. Feel free to broadcast, print or use
the information in these Public Information Statements as you see
fit. The National Weather Service is asking the media and emergency
managers to help us educate the public concerning the danger
of floods. That is the goal of next week.

The topics that we will focus on next week are as follows:

Monday: Flood Safety

Tuesday: Turn Around, Dont Drown

Wednesday: Flood Hazards

Thursday: NWS services

Friday: Partner Services

For more information on Flood Awareness Week, check out the
following web site:

David J. Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Binghamton, NY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.