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.

Selected recent high impact flood events

  • Aug. 12-13, 2014: Historic Long Island freshwater flash flooding
  • Oct. 29, 2012:Historic NY/NJ Storm Surge coastal flooding with Super Storm Sandy
  • Aug. 28, 2011: Record NJ/NY/CT freshwater river flooding with Hurricane Irene

To monitor real-time water levels across the local area, go to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. (Change the Auto Refresh tab to ON for real-time monitoring.)

Also, visit Weather Ready Nation Flood Safety for more information from the National Weather Service about staying safe, protecting property and enhancing the economy.

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.