The National Weather Service (NWS) has designated March 13-19, 2016, as Flood Safety Awareness Week: http://www.weather.gov/okx/FloodAwarenessWeek2016
Flooding occurs throughout the year across the United States and results in more damage in the U.S. than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause near $8 billion dollars in damage and 82 fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive a flood.
There are many types of floods: freshwater flooding of land and water caused by heavy rainfall and/or snowmelt, ice jam flooding in rivers and streams, coastal flooding caused by tides rising gradually, and storm surge flooding caused by a quick surge of water levels with the approach of a tropical storm or hurricane.
Selected recent high impact flood events include:
- Historic Long Island freshwater Flash Flooding on 8/12-13/2014
- Historic NY/NJ Storm Surge coastal flooding with Sandy on 10/29/2012
- Record NJ/NY/CT freshwater River Flooding with Irene on 8/28/2011
To monitor real-time water levels across the local area, monitor our Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) web page: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=okx (Remember to change the Auto Refresh tab to ON for real-time monitoring.)
Please join your NWS in promoting flood safety to help save lives, protect property, and enhance our economy.
Visit our Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Flood Safety Web page at: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/index.shtml