VERMONT - According to the National Weather Service and Emergency Management Agencies in Vermont, March 13th through 17th is Flood Safety Awareness week. Members of the weather service go to various locations across the state to gather information to help identify lakes and rivers that are flood prone.
They create a list of projections each year to prepare residents.
“We do an assessment of our snowpack conditions and river ice conditions. Then take that information and convey it as an outlook for spring flooding, and use those factors to contribute the potential for spring flooding,” said National Weather Service Hydrologist, Greg Hanson.
By putting an acoustic doppler into rivers, a team from U.S. Geological Survey and the National Weather Service can gauge water levels. This process takes approximately fifteen minutes and is checked on between six and eight times per year.
Snow is one factor for flooding when the weather changes, but Greg Hanson also says that even with no snow, there is still flooding potential due to heavy rain fall.
“If you’re in a flood prone area, or travel through an area and you see ice jams, just be aware and know what you’re going to do if flooding happens. One take away is not to drive through flooded roads."
For people who live in areas that are known to be high risk, officials say that being prepared is the most important thing you can do as you could be stranded for a few days.
“An emergency kit, extra water, canned goods, battery powered radio, can opener, medicine if needed, things you might need should you not be able to leave your home for a couple of days,” said Public Information Officer, Mark Bosma.