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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1011 AM EDT Wed Mar 14 2018

The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA 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.

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning. It`s vital to
your safety to
know the difference.

Watch - Get Ready! A Watch is issued when a specific weather
hazard is possible.
For example, if conditions are such that flooding may occur, a
watch will be
issued. Flooding is not yet occurring when a watch is issued.
This gives you
time to get prepared. If your home is in a low lying area, you
can prepare for
the possibility of flood waters impacting the structure. You can
also plan
alternate routes for getting to home, work or school if you know
certain roads
you usually take could be covered by water. The Watch also gives
you a chance to
test your communications plan and alert family and friends to the
threat of
dangerous weather.

Warning - Take Action! A Warning is issued when a specific
weather hazard is
currently occurring or will be occurring very soon. If a Flood or
Flash Flood
Warning is issued and you are in a flood prone area move
immediately to high
ground. Follow evacuation orders if they are issued. If you
encounter a roadway
that is covered in water, do NOT enter the water! Turn Around
Don`t Drown! It is
never safe to drive or walk through flood waters.


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