This is the first day of spring and Nebraskans are being reminded about the dangers of flooding as part of Flood Safety Awareness Week.
Jeff Zogg, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, says the long drought we’ve had may have pushed the flood risks out of our heads.
“It’s hard to imagine what floods can do since it’s been so dry recently, but people need to keep in mind, flooding is the #1 killer of all severe weather across the United States, on average,” Zogg says. “Flooding kills more people than tornadoes or any kind of severe thunderstorm activity. It’s definitely something to be reckoned with.”
Nebraska’s already seen spotty flooding this year, as heavy rains and snowmelt couldn’t soak into the frozen soil and it ran off, pushing some creeks and rivers out of their banks.
For more on flood safety, like the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign, visit www.weather.gov.