NY Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding

By Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges

NY Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM EDT

The week of April 28 through May 4 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York state. Each day of the week, a new topic related to severe weather safety and awareness will be highlighted.

Friday's topic is flooding.

The Twin Tiers region of New York and Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone areas in the country.

According the National Weather Service, among weather-related natural hazards, flooding is the No. 1 killer in the United States.

There are several types of flooding that you need to be aware of.

The first is flash flooding. It is the most dangerous. When a flash flood warning is issued, it means rapid, life-threatening flooding is occurring, or will soon begin. You need to take action immediately to protect your life and property if you are in the danger area. Move to higher ground and get away from the danger area. Never drive through water-covered roadways. Your vehicle could be swept away. As the saying goes, "turn around, don't drown."

Another type of flooding is river flooding. River flooding is slower than flash flooding and can have a much larger impact on properties and structures. When a river flood warning is issued, it means that river levels are expected to reach a certain flood stage. It is important to understand that not all river flooding is catastrophic. You need to be aware of it and be prepared to take action.

For more information on what the different flood stages mean:click here.

For more information on Flood Watches and Warnings click here.

For additional flood safety information click here.