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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
800 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16
THROUGH MARCH 20 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY DURING THE
AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED
TOPIC.

NEVER DRIVE OR WALK INTO FLOOD WATERS...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN. FLOODING
IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES IN THE U.S. ON
AVERAGE... FLOODING CLAIMS NEARLY 90 LIVES EACH YEAR.  MORE THAN HALF OF
THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH
FLOODED ROADWAYS.  THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE AND
POWER OF WATER... ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS MOVING.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AND CARRY OFF AN ADULT.
TWELVE INCHES OF WATER CAN FLOAT A SMALL CAR. IF THAT WATER IS MOVING...IT
CAN CARRY THAT CAR AWAY. EIGHTEEN TO TWENTYFOUR INCHES OF FLOWING WATER
CAN CARRY AWAY MOST VEHICLES... INCLUDING LARGE SUVS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO
TELL THE EXACT DEPTH OF WATER COVERING A ROADWAY OR THE CONDITION OF THE
ROAD BELOW THE WATER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR VISION
IS MORE LIMITED.  IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.
ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD...WALKWAY...OR PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE
RULE...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.
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