DISCUSSION: In light of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season being a very high-impact year with respect to widespread flooding occurring from a combination of both storm surge and heavy rainfall, there are messages to be learned from such events. First off, in light of major flooding events which occurred in association with tropical cyclones such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many people are always wondering whether they would ever find themselves within a major flood evacuation zone for a future winter and/or tropical storm. Having said that, it is useful and important to know that there are in fact ways to find out such information. By going to websites such as the following link, you can take a virtual tour of places around the world to see the relative sensitivity of the location to annual flooding potential. Moreover, being cognizant of potential flooding threats (regardless of the given season) is particularly important since this allows someone to be able to better prepare and protect themselves from future flooding events. Whether it is through taking precautionary measures to protect life and property while holding one's ground or taking as much as possible and getting out of town, there are always way to both prepare for and/or respond to flooding event situations.
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