Savannah is close to 3 inches of rain above normal so far in 2013.
And rainfall over the last 30 days has been above normal across southern Georgia.
The spring river flood outlook has been released... and even though future precipitation forecasts show drier than normal conditions likely for the Southeast... with soils primed by past rainfall... any heavy storms this spring will increase the flood threat for the Coastal Empire and Low Country.
Looking across the nation... the spring flooding outlook based on the above normal amount of water in the current snowpack and seasonal forecasts of continued above normal precipitation... there is a potential for exceeding moderate and major river flood levels for the Red River of the North... which forms the state line between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota... and the Souris River in North Dakota for Spring 2013. These areas experienced major to record flooding two years ago in the spring of 2011.
Did you know that floods kill an average of 95 people each year in the US.
To help people and communities prepare, NOAA offers the following flood safety tips:
1. Determine whether your community is in a flood-risk area and continue monitoring local flood conditions.
2. Learn about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program and for flood preparedness advice to safeguard your family, home and possessions.
3. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards receiver with battery power option to stay apprised of quickly changing weather information.
4. Study evacuation routes in advance and heed evacuation orders.
5. Turn Around, Don't Drown – never cross flooded roads, no matter how well you know the area or how shallow you believe the water to be.
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