St. Lucie County Commissioners Recognize Flood Safety Awareness Week

St. Lucie County Commissioners Recognize Flood Safety Awareness Week

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FORT PIERCE – St. Lucie County Commissioners want to remind residents of the dangers that flood waters can cause. In an effort to raise awareness, Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing March 14-18 as Flood Safety Awareness Week in St. Lucie County to members of SAFER St. Lucie at the March 1 Board meeting.

On average 90 people a year lose their lives in flooding disasters across the United States. Over the past 30 years, flooding has caused roughly $8 billion in damages throughout the country. Florida alone has received 22 presidential disaster declarations for severe weather events that have caused flooding since 2000.

While St. Lucie County has spent several million dollars on storm water drainage improvement projects; residents still need to be proactive in preparing for flash floods and extreme weather events.

It is important to know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning: A Flood/Flash Flood Watch means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area; while a Flood/Flash Flood Warning means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
(A watch always means something is possible and a warning always means something is occurring or prob will)

St. Lucie County and SAFER (Support Alliance for Emergency Resiliency) encourages residents to have a disaster plan. For details on creating a disaster readiness plan visit: .
SAFER (Support Alliance for Emergency Resiliency) is a non-profit focused on serving the community throughout the course of the disaster. For more information visit: https://www.saferstlucie.org.

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