It's something this area is too familiar with-- flooding-- and this week the National Weather Service is taking the time to make sure you're fully prepared.
This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week-- and conveniently the funding came through this week to keep in operation the stream and rain gauges necessary for river and flood forecasting. The National Weather service says keepings these gauges is critical for accurate flood forecasting.
"The folks of the Southern Tier, this is a week for them! They should make sure they're ready if and when it happens again to any degree. Either a major flood or even something that would affect property if they're really near by the river," said hydrologist Jim Brewster.
Brewster says it's likely the NWS will have to look for alternative ways to observe river gauges in case they were to ever be shut down in the future.
For more information on flood safety you can visit www-dot-weather-dot-gov-backslash-bgm and there you'll find a link to Flood Safety Awareness Week.
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