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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
645 AM EST THU MAR 19 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF
MARCH 15TH THROUGH 21ST FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK IN MAINE AND
NEW HAMPSHIRE, AS WELL AS THE REMAINDER OF THE UNITED
STATES.

...SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS TIPS...

IN THE UNITED STATES, FLOODING IS THE TOP STORM-RELATED
KILLER, ON AVERAGE, CLAIMING THE LIVES OF ABOUT 90 PEOPLE
ANNUALLY.  MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE DEATHS ARE THE RESULT
OF PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.
VICTIMS ARE USUALLY EITHER TRAPPED IN THEIR CARS OR THEY
DROWN AS THEY ARE WASHED DOWNSTREAM BY RAGING FLOOD
WATERS.  IN ADDITION, ABOUT ANOTHER QUARTER OF THE DEATHS
ARE CAUSED BY PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO WALK OR SWIM THROUGH
FLOOD WATERS, OR FALLING INTO THE WATER.  ALWAYS KEEP A
SAFE DISTANCE FROM RAPIDLY MOVING WATER AND NEVER STAND ON
A BRIDGE TO WATCH THE RAGING WATERS BELOW.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE.  HERE ARE
SOME FLOOD SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS TIPS THAT COULD SAVE
YOUR LIFE.

* NEVER DRIVE A CAR INTO A FLOODED ROADWAY!  AS LITTLE AS
  2 FEET OF WATER WILL FLOAT MOST CARS AND CAN CAUSE THEM
  TO BE WASHED OFF THE ROADWAY.  WATER LEVELS ARE OFTEN
  DIFFICULT TO JUDGE AND YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TELL IF A
  ROADWAY IS ALREADY WASHED AWAY.

* ALWAYS REMEMBER, IF YOU COME UPON A FLOOD AREA,   TURN
  AROUND, DON`T DROWN!  IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

* BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN DARKNESS MAKES IT
  DIFFICULT TO SEE FLOOD DANGERS.  IF DRIVING, SLOW DOWN
  SO YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO REACT TO POTENTIAL HAZARDS.

* KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER.
  MONITOR CHILDREN CLOSELY WHEN FLOWING WATER IS NEARBY.

* DURING HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS OR DURING TIMES OF RAPID
  SNOW MELT, DO NOT CAMP OR PARK IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS.

* MONITOR THE LATEST FORECAST AND LISTEN FOR ANY ALERTS
  FOR YOUR AREA TO WARN YOU OF IMPENDING HAZARDOUS
  SITUATIONS

* KEEP ABREAST OF WATER LEVELS AND FORECAST WATER LEVELS.
  MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF FLOODING IS EXPECTED.

* BE ALERT TO ANY RAPID RISES OR FALLS IN THE RIVER
  LEVELS. A RAPID RISE IN A RIVER LEVEL MAY INDICATE THAT
  AN ICE JAM HAS FORMED DOWNSTREAM OF YOU.  IN CONTRAST,
  A RAPID FALL IN A RIVER LEVEL MAY INDICATE THAT AN ICE
  JAM HAS FORMED UPSTREAM FROM YOU.  IF AN UPSTREAM ICE
  JAM BREAKS UP RAPIDLY, FLASH FLOODING OF DOWNSTREAM
  AREAS CAN OCCUR VERY QUICKLY.

IF YOU LIVE ALONG A SMALL RIVER OR STREAM:

* KNOW YOUR AREA`S FLOOD RISK.

* KEEP APPRAISED OF CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR YOUR
  LOCAL AREA INCLUDING THE LATEST FORECAST AND ANY FLOOD
  WATCHES, WARNINGS, OR STATEMENTS.

* MONITOR RIVER OR STREAM LEVELS AND BE PREPARED TO SEEK
  HIGHER GROUND, IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

* REPORT ANY FLOODING TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.

* IF ORDERED TO EVACUATE, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

$$

JENSENIUS/HAWLEY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY, MAINE




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