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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Flood Awareness Week: Safety and Preparedness Tips
March 17, 2008
The National Weather Service has declared the week of March 17th through 21st Flood Awareness Week in Maine and New Hampshire. MEMA joins the NWS Forecast Offices in Gray and Caribou, Maine in reminding all Mainers that flooding is our number one hazard, causing more damage in the state than any other natural disaster. Flooding also kills.
In the United States, flooding is the top storm-related killer, on average, claiming the lives of about 100 people annually. About 60 of those deaths are the result of people driving into flooded roadways. Victims are usually either trapped in their cars or they drown as they are washed downstream by raging flood waters.
The vast majority of the deaths are preventable. Here are some flood safety and preparedness tips that could save your life.
If you live along a small river or stream:
And visit Maine Prepares for a full library of flood safety and preparedness information.
Last update: 07/20/10
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