While Spring arrives Friday, today marks the start of Flood Safety Awareness Week, though some Nebraskans have already seen flooding in recent days.
Jeff Zogg, a senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service, says there will be daily topics on things people should know about when they encounter high water.
The first topic covers AHAPS, the Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System, which features 90-day outlooks, forecasts and a variety of up-to-the-minute data on waterways. Zogg says links can be found to the service through the National Weather Service.
Tuesday’s topic is the flood safety campaign “Turn around, don’t drown,” which stresses if you see a flooded roadway, turn around — don’t try to drive through it. On Wednesday, they’ll cover floods, droughts and related weather phenomena. Later in the week, the subject is flood insurance and how to obtain it. Zogg notes most homeowners’ policies don’t cover damage from flooding.