March 18, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The National Weather Service issued a warning Monday that the runoff from the melting of the 4-6 inches of Sunday’s snow and the 1-2 inches of excessive rainfall Monday will cause flash flooding to occur. In response to the potential flooding, Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver is reminding area residents that this week, through March 22, is Flood Safety Awareness Week.
Carver said the focus is on flood safety and providing information on the financial impact of a flood, how to purchase a flood insurance policy and how to recover from flooding.
“The weather heralding Flood Safety Awareness Week is a reminder of severe weather that can turn costly and even deadly if people do not take the appropriate measures to protect their lives and their property,” Carver said.
Carver said floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others, such a flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, covering entire river basins and multiple states.
She said flash floods can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Overland flooding, the most common type of flooding event typically occurs when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach and cause flooding in surrounding areas. It can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt exceeds the capacity of underground pipes, or the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry flood water away from urban areas.
“Residents should be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam,” Carver said. “Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.”
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