It’s Flood Safety Preparedness Week in Georgia
March 11th to 15th
The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and the National Weather Service jointly sponsor the week to highlight the risks of flooding in the state and to provide an opportunity for residents to take proper safety precautions.
Georgia ended 2018 with near-record annual rainfall totals, saturated soils and above normal stream flows. Atlanta secured its place as the second wettest year on record with 70.03 inches, Athens came in third with 69.26 inches, and Columbus at sixth with 66.43 inches.
The active pattern continued this winter, with above normal rainfall plaguing the area and fatiguing the already soggy Georgia residents. Area reservoirs – typically drawn down through the winter months for flood mitigation – have managed the increased runoff even at their currently high levels. Lake Lanier rose to its highest elevation in over four decades at the end of February, and nearly tied that level again this week.
In previous Flood Safety Preparedness Weeks, the focus was centered on the partnership between the NWS and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in fighting floods, and how residents can utilize publicly available information from both agencies. For 2019, in addition to acknowledging this vital interagency partnership, we will also highlight other resources and tips for being flood prepared.
The outlook for the spring is for above-normal river flood potential. Given that spring is a characteristically active period for river flooding, this outlook indicates that north and central Georgia can expect to see the number and magnitude of river floods to be higher than typical. Now is the time to prepare for floods and to be aware of publicly available information, such as NWS flood-related warnings, river stage heights and flow, flood risk areas, flood insurance, etc.
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