Flood Safety Awareness Week
 
March 14 - 18, 2016

 

Weather fatalities (based on 30 year averages) in the United States (courtesy of NOAA).
Many of us fear tornadoes and lightning, but what about water? It seems harmless since we drink water...swim and bathe in it. So why does water kill 80 to 90 people (30 year average) annually in this country? Because the power of water is underestimated.
In the picture: Weather fatalities (based on 30 year averages) in the United States (courtesy of NOAA).

 

Link of Interest
Spring 2016 Flood Outlook

 

Water becomes deadly when flash flooding and flooding occur (during or shortly following a heavy rain event). Flood/Flash Flood Timeline: Flash flooding (along streets and small streams/creeks) occurs within 6 hours with flooding (allong rivers) taking longer than 6 hours to unfold.

 

Some definitions...

Flash Flood: Usually occurs within 6 hours. The rate of rainfall exceeds the rate of runoff (rain falls faster than it can be carried away). Because water has nowhere to go, it covers roads and fills small streams and creeks.

Flood: Usually takes longer than 6 hours to unfold and can last for several days. Water from a flash flood event (or long-term heavy rain event) eventually makes its way into rivers...with excess water flowing into nearby towns, fields, etc.

 

There were four flood/flash flood related deaths across Arkansas in 2015 and two injuries:

1.2 mile southeast of Beaver (Carroll Co.), March 25 - A 56 year-old male drove his pickup truck into flood waters on Highway 187 near Elk Ranch and was carried downstream into Leatherwood Creek. The man drowned, and his body was recovered on April 6th.

1.8 miles east-southeast of Sills (Yell Co.), May 9 - Four people were rescued after their car went into a creek off of Southpoint Lane west of Dardanelle. Two people had minor injuries.

1 mile north of Rudy (Crawford Co.), May 12 - A man was swimming in Frog Bayou. He was taken swiftly downstream and drowned. His body was recovered on May 15th.

Richmond (Little River Co.), May 27 - Three individuals headed out in a boat on the Little River side of the Red River. The boat capsized, with two of the three people rescued. The other person drowned in the swift current.

Dover (Pope Co.), December 28 - A 31-year-old man drove through a low water crossing. After trying to exit his vehicle, he was swept downstream and drowned.
 
Arkansas Flood Related Deaths
2000 0
2001 0
2002 2
2003 0
2004 2
2005 1
2006 3
2007 1
2008 6
2009 7
2010 22
2011 18
2012 2
2013 6
2014 0
2015 4

 

 A car was washed off the road in southwest Scott County (western Arkansas) and was swept downstream (i.e. along Haws Creek) on 05/27/2002. Nationwide, statistics show that more than 50% of flood/flash flood related deaths occur in automobiles.
In the picture: A car was washed off the road in southwest Scott County (western Arkansas) and was swept downstream (i.e. along Haws Creek) on 05/27/2002. The woman driving the car exited the vehicle (to try to get help) and drowned.

 

If flood waters are between you and your destination, the National Weather Service wants you to remember a simple slogan: "Turn Around Don't Drown" TM. Turn Around Don't Drown!

 

 

The National Weather Service is so serious about flooding/flash flooding that it has created Flood Safety Awareness Week.

 

Six to eight inches of rain rain caused the Little Missouri River to climb 20 feet in a just a few hours at the Albert Pike Recreation Area (Montgomery County) during the early morning hours of 06/11/2010. This week was designed to increase public awareness about high water and its dangers. Education is the key to understanding high water and to avoid becoming a statistic.
In the picture: Six to eight inches of rain rain caused the Little Missouri River to climb 20 feet in a just a few hours at the Albert Pike Recreation Area (Montgomery County) during the early morning hours of 06/11/2010. Twenty people drowned, making this the deadliest flood event in Arkansas recorded history. Click to enlarge.

 

 

Useful Information
 
The National Weather Service in Little Rock will disseminate useful information during Flood Safety Awareness Week, 2016. The information (below) was in PDF format. If you don't have a PDF reader, you can get one free by clicking here.
 
Flood Safety and Awareness (Monday, March 14th)
Turn Around Don't DrownTM (TADD) (Tuesday, March 15th)
Flood Hazards (Wednesday, March 16th)
National Weather Service Water Resources (Thursday, March 17th)
Partner Resources (Friday, March 18th)

 

These are the topics covered during Flood Safety Awareness Week, 2016.
Introduction  |  Flood Safety and Awareness  |  Turn Around, Don't Drown
Flood Hazards  |  NWS Services  |  Partner Resources
In the pictures: These are the topics covered during Flood Safety Awareness Week, 2016.

 

Flood Safety Banner For more on flood safety... there is a very useful website available. To go to the website, click here.

 


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