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WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans are affected each spring by sudden flooding caused by heavy rain or by slower, prolonged flooding as snow melts.
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Be prepared, and get insured, urges The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"Floods are the most common and costliest natural disaster in the nation," said David Miller, associate administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration at FEMA. "Floods can affect just about anyone anywhere. Having a flood insurance policy and emergency plan in place can keep you and your loved ones safe and resilient if a flood occurs."
With an increasing threat of flooding in the weeks ahead, NOAA's National Weather Service will be monitoring river and stream levels and any additional precipitation to issue forecasts and alerts for areas prone to flooding. In the upper Midwest and Northeast, above-average snow pack, frozen ground and thick ice coverage on streams and rivers will elevate the threat of flooding, which will vary depending on the rate of snow and ice melt and additional rainfall. Take a closer look at NOAA's spring flood risk.
Follow these tips to prepare for and stay safe during a flood:
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