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Turn around, don’t drown!

Post Date:09/20/2019 10:00 AM

Did you know that it only takes a mere six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars? It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters. With more thunderstorms in the forecast, remember to "turn around, don’t drown," and to never drive through flooded roads.

During a flood, water levels can rise quickly. Now is the time to plan. Here are some tips to keep in mind during a flood event:

  • Stay informed: Listen to radio and television, including NOAA Weather Radio if possible, and check the Internet and social media for information and updates.
  • Get to higher ground: If you live in a flood prone area or are camping in a low lying area, get to higher ground immediately.
  • Obey evacuation orders: If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
  • Practice electrical safety: Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping, or popping noises, get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it.
  • Avoid flood waters: Don't walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible. Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; turn around, don't drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds. Just 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

For more information, visit Weather.gov/Safety/Flood.

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