"Flood Safety Week"
Mother Nature set the alarm clock for 6:02 AM this morning, officially launching spring. The start of spring introduces windy weather in many sections of the United States and more kite flying. Another tradition for the National Weather Service includes informing and preparing the public for flooding. This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week and the Service provides daily educational topics. Flooding in the United States and its territories occur every day of the year, causing more damage than any other weather-related event. Over the past 30 years flooding caused 95 deaths per year, on average, and eight billion dollars in damage. Rainfall on the watersheds of the Amite, Comite, Tickfaw and Tangipahoa River Basins in excess of six inches rapidly increases river levels, placing residents at risk.