...Turn Around...Don't Drown...
written by NWS San Angelo


EACH YEAR IN TEXAS MANY PEOPLE TRAGICALLY LOSE THEIR LIVES AS THEY 
TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS.  

FLASH FLOODING IS THE NUMBER ONE STORM RELATED KILLER IN THE UNITED 
STATES AND TEXAS.  WHY? MOST PEOPLE FAIL TO REALIZE THE POWER OF 
WATER...THEY WANT TO GET HOME...AND THEY THINK THEY CAN MAKE IT.  

OF THESE DROWNINGS…MANY ARE PREVENTABLE SIMPLY BY NOT DRIVING OR 
WALKING ONTO FLOODED ROADS. MOST VEHICLES LOSE CONTROL IN SIX INCHES 
OF WATER AND CAN BE SWEPT AWAY IN 18-24 INCHES OF WATER.  REMEMBER... 
WHEN APPROACHING A FLOODED ROADWAY...TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.

THE NATIONAL 30 YEAR AVERAGE FOR FLOOD DEATHS IS 127.  NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE DATA ALSO SHOWS: NEARLY HALF OF ALL FLASH FLOOD 
FATALITIES ARE VEHICLE-RELATED...THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS ARE 
MALES...AND FLOOD DEATHS AFFECT ALL AGE GROUPS. 

FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES... 

MONITOR THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO...OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE FOR 
VITAL WEATHER RELATED INFORMATION. 

IF FLOODING OCCURS…GET TO HIGHER GROUND. GET OUT OF AREAS SUBJECT TO 
FLOODING. THIS INCLUDES DIPS...LOW SPOTS...CANYONS...WASHES ETC. 

AVOID AREAS ALREADY FLOODED...ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS FLOWING FAST. 
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS. 

                 TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN. 

ROAD BEDS MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER FLOOD WATERS. NEVER DRIVE THROUGH 
FLOODED ROADWAYS. 

                 TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN. 

DO NOT CAMP OR PARK YOUR VEHICLE ALONG STREAMS AND WASHES... 
PARTICULARLY DURING THREATENING CONDITIONS. 

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD 
DANGERS.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE THAT THE ROAD IS CLEAR...

                 TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

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