Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
402 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED
MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 20 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY
OF THE WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED
TOPIC.

TODAY/S 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!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT:

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON AWARENESS.

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