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...Turn Around...Don’t Drown...
Flash flooding is the number one storm related killer in the United States. Why? Most people fail to realize the power of water. Too often, people decide against finding a detour and attempt to pass over a flooded roadway...because they believe they can safely make it. Drownings of this nature are 100% preventable simply by not driving or walking onto flooded roads. Most vehicles will become difficult to control in as little as six inches of water and can be swept away in 18 to 24 inches of water. Remember, when approaching a flooded roadway, turn around don’t drown. The national 30 year average for flood deaths is around 127 people per year. National Weather Service data also indicated that 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, quickly move to higher ground. Stay out of areas subject to flooding, such as dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Do not camp or park your vehicle in these areas, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Avoid areas which are already flooded, especially if the water is flowing quickly. Never attempt to cross flowing streams. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters, causing your vehicle to become stranded in floodwaters. Never drive over flooded roadways.
  • If flooding occurs, quickly move to higher ground. Stay out of areas subject to flooding, such as dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Do not camp or park your vehicle in these areas, particularly during threatening conditions. 
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. If you are unsure that the road is clear...Turn around don't drown.

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