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Officials: Snow melt, rain could cause flooding

As winter weather advisories continue to impact Ohio, officials are encouraging residents to focus on the increased potential of flood risk, particularly with warmer temperatures and increased chances for precipitation.

Rain is in the forecast in weeks ahead, and only a small amount of rain in combination with significant snow accumulation can cause flooding in some areas.

“Flooding is a top hazard for Ohio,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Mitigation and Recovery Branch Chief Steve Ferryman. “Residents should be mindful of changing weather conditions and take precautions against flood damage.”

A midwinter or early spring thaw can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time.

Water cannot penetrate and be reabsorbed in hard, frozen ground. The water then runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams and rivers, causing excess water to spill over their banks.

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