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March 11, 2009

Vermonters Urged to be Mindful of Rising Waters/Possible Floods

WATERBURY, VT – The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for most areas of the state this evening. Vermonters are encouraged to watch rivers and streams and be mindful of any flash flooding that might occur and take steps to stay safe.

Warm temperatures and a forecast for rain tonight and the possibility of ice jams could cause rivers to rise rapidly and flood nearby areas. Residents should assess the risk of flooding in their immediate area and prepare for possible high water.

-Monitor radio and television stations for updates and possible evacuation orders;

-If advised to evacuate, do so

-Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to higher ground;

-Never drive through floodwaters as currents can wash you and your car away;

-Make sure your car has fuel;

-Plan a meeting place to reunite with your family if you become separated; designate an out of state relative as a common contact for the entire family;

For travel information log on to www.511vt.com or simply dial 511. If there is a need for shelters, that information can be obtained by dialing 211.

Media questions can be directed to Mark Bosma, Vermont Emergency Management Public Information Officer, at 800-347-0488.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: March 11, 2009 16:47:35