Flood Safety: National Flood Safety Awareness Week Day 1
POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 2:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories.
Flooding can occur in any of the 50 states, at any time of the year. It causes more damage in the United States than any other weather related event.
On average, floods cause $8.3 billion in damages and 89 fatalities annually.
In 2008, Baton Rouge reported flooding during mid-May. Rainfall totals from May 14-15 measured nearly nine inches. On April 25, 2004, a slow moving cold front brought widespread flooding to south Louisiana and south Mississippi.
Nearly nine years prior, on May 8-10, 1995, heavy rainfall fell across southeast Louisiana. The severe event impacted nearly one million people, killed seven people, cost $3.1 billion in damage, and destroyed or damaged nearly 44,000 homes and businesses.
Also, tropical systems are known to produce high amounts of rain. In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison measured 29.92 inches of rain in Louisiana--the wettest tropical cyclone to impact the state.
Here are some safety tips to stay safe during flash flooding:
- Know your flood risk
- Be aware of the forecast
- Have a way to receive weather alerts
Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. View FEMA's Flood Risk Product website here.
Be Aware. Receive Alerts:
Our Stormtracker33 meteorologists are constantly keeping the forecast updated on this site, Facebook, the NBC33 mobile app and each newscast. Use any of these resources to stay aware for the forecast:
NBC33 Website: www.nbc33tv.com/weather
- NBC33 Mobile App: www.nbc33tv.com/mobile
- NBC33 Facebook: www.facebook.com/wvlanbc33
- Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel: www.facebook.com/MeteorologistJesseGunkel
- Meteorologist Jesse Vinturella: www.facebook.com/MeteorologistJesseVinturella
- Meteorologist Kyle Myers: www.facebook.com/WeathermanMyers
Another tool to alert you during hazardous conditions is a NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information, click here.
The National Flood Safety Awareness continues through March 22. Check back, here, for tomorrow's topic: "Turn Around, Don't Drown."
Follow Meteorologist Kyle Myers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weathermanmyers.