Flood Awareness Week Begins March 12, 2012
Flood Safety and Awareness Week: March 12 through 16, 2012
Beginning March 12, New Yorkers once again began to observe Flood Safety Awareness Week. In the last decade floods have claimed an average of 94 lives and caused more than $10 billion in damages nationally. The threat of river and coastal flooding is the greatest natural hazard risk that we face in New York State. Our citizens and first responders face annual flooding events of varying severity that threaten them and their families, damage their homes, schools and churches, destroy public infrastructure, and disrupt their communities---sometimes for weeks or even years.
2011 was a particularly bad year for flooding in New York State. Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused more than $1.3 billion dollars in damages, resulted in two federal major disaster declarations for 38 counties, and impacted a vast majority of our citizens. The effects of those devastating events will last for many years to come.
Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services will continue to work with our partners at the local, state, and federal level that track, manage and regulate water and water flow in our area as we develop flood action strategies. If you have questions about flood safety and preparedness please contact our office by calling (716) 938-2240.
Please go to this New York State Office of Emergency Managment website for more information.
Information provided by New York State Emergency Management.