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Flood Safety Awareness Week: Turn Around Don’t Drown!

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April 5, 2017

Flood Safety Awareness Week: Turn Around Don’t Drown!

Each year, flooding causes more deaths than any other weather hazard. More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, nearly eight out of 10 vehicle-related flood fatalities occur in the dark – between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.  Driving in the dark may limit visibility and make it hard to judge how deep the water really is. Only six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide, 12 inches of water can float many vehicles, and two feet can carry off pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

 

Never underestimate the power of floodwaters. In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly that they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in the middle. Taking chances may cost you your vehicle, and even your life. So day or night, when there is high water on the road, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

For more information click on the following links:

Turn Around Don’t Drown

Ready.gov

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