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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
902 AM EDT Thu Mar 15 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.

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. It`s important to avoid low lying areas and
storm drains when heavy rain is in the area.

Remember, Turn Around, Don`t Drown!


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