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      Flood safety - Critical details - Days 1 & 2

      Rapid snowmelt plus rainfall this time of year usually produces localized flooding. We have certainly had our share of that since Thursday night and Friday. Have you experienced any flooding on your property? Please let us know with comments at the bottom of this web page. If you have pictures of flooding from your neighborhood, you can share those with us. Share your pictures with us by going to You can also e-mail us pictures to or

      While springtime flooding is the most common type of flooding upstate New York receives, flooding can occur at almost any time of the year. It is important to know what to do and what terms you should be aware of.

      That is part of the reason the National Weather Service reminds us annually regarding Flood Safety Awareness week. The following web story is a direct transcription from the National Weather Service regarding flooding safety awareness week. This story contains the first two parts of a five part series on flooding safety which will run each day during New York's flooding safety awareness week. Today TMs topic will focus on both the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service, or AHPS for short and the importance of Turn Around Don TMt Drown also known as TADD.

      What is AHPS ?AHPS is the National Weather Service TMs ongoing effort to modernize its hydrologic services. AHPS will provide improved river and flood forecasts and water information across America to protect life and property and ensure the nation/s economic well being. AHPS graphical products are available clicking here.

      Who can benefit from AHPS ?Everyone who makes decisions based on water, including farmers, river boat pilots, emergency managers, municipal water supply officials, recreationists, and dam operators can benefit from AHPS.

      What will AHPS do for me ?Because every minute counts, AHPS will help emergency managers be more proactive to fight a flood. AHPS provides information for community leaders and business owners to make better life-saving decisions about evacuating people or moving property before a flood. The navigation community will be able to plan with better confidence and optimize barge and shipping operations, saving millions of dollars each year. Recreational users will be able to stay out of harm TMs way. AHPS, with its suite of enhanced information, provides the public with more detailed and accurate answers to the following questions. These questions are of upmost concern when the flooding threat increases: How high will the rivers rise? When will the river reach its peak? Where will the flooding occur? How long will the flood last? How long will the drought last? How certain is the forecast? Answers to these questions will help give the public better information in the event of a flood.

      What is "Turn Around Don't Drown"? Turn Around Don TMt Drown is a National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters.

      Why is Turn Around Don TMt Drown so important to talk about? Shockingly, more deaths occur each year due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason for this is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream in a flooded area. Many of these deaths are preventable.

      What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation? It is important to follow these safety rules: First, you should keep a close on eye on the weather by watching our newcasts on-air and by going online and visiting our website at To stay up to date on the weather anytime, click on the weather page to keep informed before a storm arrives and as it is occurring. If flooding begins or is already occurring, get to higher ground immediately and get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons and washes. Avoid areas that already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. The most important thing to remember is that you should never attempt to cross flowing streams, rivers are any bodies of water. Turn Around Don TMt Drown reminds you that road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Never drive through flooded roadways, you should Turn Around and Don TMt Drown. You should not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions. be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

      The topics that we will focus on the rest of this week are as follows:Wednesday: Tropical cyclone and inland floodingThursday: Snowmelt and ice jams, including the spring flood outlookFriday: Flood safety

      For more on your weather forecast, click on " Weather " and then the " Live Triple Doppler Radar " tab on our weather page. Make sure you refresh the Doppler radar to see the very latest information, as well. Furthermore, we have our new Interactive Doppler Radar on our website. You can zoom down to street level with Interactive Doppler Radar. You are in total control of where the radar can zoom in. Give it a try. Plus, click on our Severe Weather Tab and our Watches and Warnings map to see the very latest county specific watches and warnings. In addition, you can become my facebook friend here, and "follow" along with me on Twitter here.