Flood Safety Awareness Week
 
March 16 - 22, 2014

 

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 almost 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 2014 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.

 

In 2013, there were six (6) flood/flash flood related deaths in Arkansas...

Y City area (Scott Co.), May 31 - The Sheriff of Scott County (41 years old), a Wildlife Officer First Class for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (32 years old), and two women (60 and 65 years old) drowned. The sheriff and wildlife officer were trying to rescue the two women from a house when the house collapsed into floodwaters. One of the women drowned while still in the house; the other three were in a boat and were trying to get the remaining woman out of the house. One other person was injured in a separate incident.

Y City area (Scott Co.), May 31 - A 42 year-old woman drowned when the car in which she was riding was pushed off U.S. 71 by floodwaters.

Little Rock (Pulaski Co.), May 31 - An 18 year-old man died in floodwaters. It was uncertain how he ended up in the water.

 
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

 

 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, 2014. The information (below) is in PDF format. If you don't have a PDF reader, you can get one free by clicking here.
 
Flood Safety and Preparedness (Monday, March 17th at 6 am CDT)
Turn Around Don't DrownTM (TADD) (Tuesday, March 18th at 6 am CDT)
Flood Hazards (Wednesday, March 19th at 6 am CDT)
National Weather Service Water Resources (Thursday, March 20th at 6 am CDT)
Partner Resources (Friday, March 21st at 6 am CDT)

 

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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