TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!
More deaths occur due to flooding each year than
from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related
hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of
careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt
to navigate flooded roads. The National Weather
Service now warns anyone who comes to a flooded
roadway, “Turn around… don’t drown!”
Keep these safety tips in mind:
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from
flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys,
ditches, washes, etc.
- Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not
attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches
of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
- Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains
or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
- Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by
floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded
roads. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and
seek higher ground. Water only two feet deep can float
away most automobiles.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize