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Public Information Statement

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
633 AM EST FRI FEB 6 2015

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. TODAYS TOPIC OF
DISCUSSION IS FLOODING.

MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS...BUT FLOODING KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN
ANY OTHER WEATHER HAZARD. THE MAJORITY OF DEATHS FROM FLOODING OCCUR
WHEN PEOPLE BECOME TRAPPED IN AUTOMOBILES THAT STALL WHILE DRIVING
THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. NEARLY HALF OF ALL FLOOD FATALITIES ARE
VEHICLE RELATED. FLOODING IS USUALLY DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES.
THESE CATEGORIES ARE FLASH FLOODING AND RIVER FLOODING. BOTH OF
THESE CAN CAUSE DEATH...INJURY...AND PROPERTY DESTRUCTION.

FLASH FLOODS ARE USUALLY CAUSED BY SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS...OR
THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVE OVER THE SAME AREA ONE AFTER THE OTHER.
THESE FLOODS USUALLY OCCUR WITHIN 6 HOURS OF HEAVY RAINFALL AND ARE
USUALLY MORE LIFE THREATENING AS A RESULT. AREAS MOST PRONE TO
FLOODS ARE MOUNTAINOUS STREAMS AND RIVERS...URBAN AREAS...LOW LYING
AREAS...STORM DRAINS...AND CULVERTS.

RIVER FLOODING IS CAUSED BY THE GRADUAL INCREASE IN THE WATER LEVEL
OF A RIVER OR CREEK. THESE FLOODS USUALLY OCCUR SEASONALLY WITH
GENERAL RAINS...OR WITH HEAVY RAINFALL FROM TROPICAL STORMS. A GOOD
EXAMPLE OF THIS FLOODING IS THE FLOODING THAT AFFECTED SOUTH GEORGIA
AFTER TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO IN 1994.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.

KNOW WHAT TO LISTEN FOR. A FLOOD WATCH OR A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS
THAT CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DETECTED THAT COULD LEAD TO FLOODING OF A
CERTAIN AREA. A RIVER FLOOD WARNING OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS
THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT AND YOU SHOULD TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.
YOU CAN MONITOR THE WEATHER RADIO...OR ANY LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION
TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION.

IF FLOODING OCCURS...GET TO HIGHER GROUND.  GET OUT OF AREAS SUBJECT
TO FLOODING SUCH AS CANYONS...DIPS...LOW SPOTS...AND WASHES.

AVOID AREAS ALREADY FLOODING...ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS FAST
FLOWING. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS. ROAD BEDS MAY BE
WASHED OUT DUE TO THE FLOODING. NEVER TRY TO CROSS FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

IF YOUR VEHICLE IS SUDDENLY CAUGHT IN RISING WATER...LEAVE IT
IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK HIGHER GROUND.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO SEE FLOOD
DANGERS.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/FLOODS

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