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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
342 AM EDT Thu Mar 15 2018

...Flood Safety Preparedness Week Continues...

The National Weather Service Offices in Maine have declared March 12
through March 16 as flood safety preparedness week. The National
Weather Service in Caribou will feature information about a
different flood topic each day during the week.

Today`s topic: National Weather Service Water Resources

The NWS homepage,, provides up-to-date weather and
water advisory, watch, and warning information for the U.S. and its
territories.  For a more focused flood threat of Northern and
Downeast Maine visit However, the NWS provides
many additional resources to help emergency managers, public
officials, and private citizens make water decisions.

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: (AHPS) AHPS provides a suite
of river and flood forecasts and water information to protect life
and property and helps ensure the nation`s economic well-being.

Flood inundation mapping: the ability to look into the future to see
how many city blocks and roads might be flooded is becoming clearer
with flood inundation mapping, NOAAs NWS and national Ocean Service
are collaborating with the USGS, USACE, FEMA, and other partners to
develop these inundation maps for flooding.

Weather Prediction Center (WPC) precipitation forecasts: WPC
provides precipitation forecasts for the entire u.s., including
Puerto Rico. WPC also issues excessive rainfall forecasts, short-
range discussions on heavy rainfall events, and snowfall and
freezing rain probabilities.

NWS River Forecast Centers (RFCS): The National Weather Service has
a network of thirteen RFCS across the U.S. These RFCS collect,
process, and provide water resource and river forecasts and
information for major river basins across the country.

Flood safety awareness website: On this page, you will find
information on what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Staying aware of an evolving weather situation can help you prepare
when flooding or other weather hazards impact your area. Be a force
of nature!

Safety tip of the day - always obey emergency personnel during a
flooding situation. They are only acting to keep you, your loved
ones, and their staff safe. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so
immediately! Although you may think that your home is out of harm`s
way, the inconvenience of having to leave is minor compared to
potentially losing your life. Also, never travel around closed
barricaded roads that are closed due to flooding.

Join us tomorrow to find out about some great flood resources
offered by several NWS partners.

$$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.