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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
426 AM EDT WED MAR 19 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 22
AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
PEACHTREE CITY WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD
TOPIC EACH DAY.

THE TOPIC TODAY: FLOOD HAZARDS

A FLOOD IS DEFINED AS ANY HIGH FLOW...OVERFLOW...OR INUNDATION OF
WATER THAT CAUSES OR THREATENS DAMAGE.  FLOODING CAN OCCUR WITH
PROLONGED RAINFALL OVER SEVERAL DAYS...INTENSE RAINFALL OVER A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME...OR WHEN WATER FROM AN EXISTING SOURCE MOVES TOO
QUICKLY /SUCH AS ROUTED WATER OR DAM BREAK/. BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF
THE VARIOUS TYPES OF FLOODING YOU MAY EXPERIENCE ARE FOUND BELOW.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE FLOOD HAZARDS CAN BE FOUND ON THE NWS
FLOOD SAFETY WEBSITE AT FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

FLASH FLOODING: FLASH FLOODING IS A RAPID AND EXTREME FLOW OF HIGH
WATER INTO A NORMALLY DRY AREA...OR A RAPID WATER LEVEL RISE IN A
STREAM OR CREEK ABOVE A PREDETERMINED FLOOD LEVEL...BEGINNING WITHIN
SIX HOURS OF THE CAUSATIVE EVENT /SUCH AS INTENSE RAINFALL...OR DAM
FAILURE/.

RIVER FLOODING: RIVER FLOODING OCCURS WHEN RIVERS RISE AND OVERFLOW
THEIR BANKS...INUNDATING AREAS THAT ARE NORMALLY DRY.

TROPICAL SYSTEMS AND COASTAL FLOODING: AT ANY TIME OF YEAR...A STORM
FROM OVER THE OCEAN CAN BRING HEAVY PRECIPITATION TO THE U.S.
COASTS. WHETHER SUCH A STORM IS TROPICAL OR NOT...PROLONGED PERIODS
OF HEAVY RAINFALL CAN CAUSE FRESHWATER FLOODING IN COASTAL
AREAS...AS WELL AS FURTHER INLAND AS THE STORM MOVES ON SHORE. IN
ADDITION TO THE FRESHWATER FLOOD THREAT...TROPICAL SYSTEMS AND
NOREASTERS CAN BRING THE THREAT OF STORM SURGE RELATED COASTAL
FLOODING.

DAM BREAK AND LEVEE FAILURE: A BREAK OR FAILURE CAN OCCUR WITH
LITTLE TO NO WARNING. MOST OFTEN THEY ARE CAUSED BY WATER
OVERTOPPING THE STRUCTURE...EXCESSIVE SEEPAGE THROUGH THE
SURROUNDING GROUND...OR A STRUCTURAL FAILURE.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT FLOOD HAZARDS AND KNOWING THE ACTIONS TO
TAKE BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTERWARDS CAN HELP YOU PROTECT YOUR
LIFE...THE LIVES OF YOUR LOVED ONES...AND YOUR PROPERTY.  PREPARE
NOW BY VISITING FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD RELATED SERVICES PROVIDED
BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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