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Mar-09-11 Mercer County Office of Emergency Management Prepares For Possible Flood Conditions throughout Region
CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is encouraging residents to take steps to prepare for possible seasonal floods. The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rains to blanket the region through Friday, and flooding is a possibility.
According to the National Weather Service, estimates of 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected, with significant runoff. Rain will begin early Thursday morning and the heaviest rain will occur Thursday night into Friday morning. With rivers and streams just starting to lower from the last rain event, they are expected to rise again quickly.
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, with the spring months bringing heightened risks due to rapid snowmelt, severe storms and heavy rainfall, and are common in New Jersey’s low-lying areas.
Residents are reminded that protecting themselves from flooding requires simple action, including: storing important documents, adhering to local evacuation plans and purchasing flood insurance to protect their financial investment.
FEMA and NJ Office of Emergency Management also offer the following tips to prepare for flooding:
Before a Flood
During a Flood
After a Flood
Flood insurance is available through approximately 90 insurance companies in more than 20,400 participating communities nationwide. The average flood insurance policy costs around $500 a year. Everyone can purchase flood insurance – renters, business owners and homeowners – and last year one-third of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low- to moderate-risk areas. In low- to moderate-risk areas, lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs) start at less than $120 a year. Individuals can learn more about their flood risk and how to protect their property by visiting FloodSmart.gov, ready.nj.gov or by dialing 1-800-427-2419.