Image of car and rainy streetMany residents of Westchester County have experienced the damages that flooding can produce.

It's important to remember that Spring is the time of year when flooding can occur quickly and without much warning. Spring rains and winter snow and ice thaws can cause flooding and affect homes, property and, most importantly, personal safety.

The New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYS OEM) joins the National Weather Service offices serving New York State in observance of Flood Awareness Week every year in March. We are sharing with Westchester County residents the extensive tips that the NYS OEM has put together on what to do to prepare, how to stay safe, and where to find help in the event of a flood.

You can visit the New York State Office of Emergency Management Web site for further information on how to be prepared for all types of severe weather and other hazards.

FYI - Terms to know

Flood or Flash Flood Watch: Indicates that flooding or flash flooding will occur within a few hours of heavy rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or water is being released from an ice jam.

Flood or Flash Flood Warning: Inundation of a normally dry area near a stream or other watercourse, or unusually severe ponding of water has been reported or is imminent.