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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany, NY
800 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

The National Weather Service (NWS) Albany, NY has declared March 13
through March 17 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for safety and
preparedness messages throughout the week.

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 over 80 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. Here are the facts:

* 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 twenty-four 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.

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