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Contact: Marilu Trainor
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ON INLAND FLOODING
With Tropical Storm Edouard drifting slowly toward the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, NOAA’s National Weather Service cautions inland residents about potential flooding dangers.
“As we saw with last year’s tragic deaths from Tropical Storm Allison, everyone should take the threat of flooding seriously,” said Bill Proenza, director of the southern region of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Inland and coastal residents should carefully monitor official NOAA National Weather Service watches and warnings for their area and be prepared to implement emergency response plans.”
Floods cause more than 80 deaths in the United States each year on average. Since half of those deaths are usually auto-related, it is imperative that citizens avoid driving vehicles over flooded roads or bridges, he said. It takes only two feet of water to float an automobile.
Proenza also stressed that those in flood-prone areas should determine vulnerability to flooding and develop a plan of action in advance. They should:
aware of streams and drainage channels in the area.
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