Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1134 AM CDT FRI SEP 9 2016

...SAFETY RULES FOR FLASH FLOODS...

FLASH FLOODING IS ONE OF THE TOP THUNDERSTORM RELATED KILLERS.
EXCESSIVE THUNDERSTORM RAINS CAN CAUSE AREA CREEKS AND RIVERS TO
RISE VERY QUICKLY, AND CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD.

GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN THIS WEEK OVER PARTS OF THE
AREA...ADDITIONAL RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING FAR MORE
FASTER THAN NORMAL.

USUALLY PROBLEMS ARISE WHEN PEOPLE DO NOT RESPECT THE FORCE OF
FLOWING WATER, AND TRY TO CROSS FLOOD WATERS ON FOOT OR WITH A
VEHICLE. THEY SIMPLY DO NOT REALIZE HOW MUCH FORCE THAT FLOWING
WATER CAN CREATE. IT ONLY TAKES 18 TO 24 INCHES OF MOVING WATER TO
MAKE VEHICLES FLOAT. EVEN LARGER VEHICLES LIKE TRUCKS AND SUVS CAN
BEGIN FLOATING IN A SURPRISINGLY SMALL DEPTH OF WATER.

MOST AUTOMOBILE RELATED FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR AT NIGHT WHEN IT
IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER.

THE BEST THING TO DO WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED, OR FLASH
FLOODING IS OBSERVED, IS TO MOVE TO OR STAY ON HIGH GROUND. NEVER
TRY TO CROSS FLOOD WATERS ON FOOT OR IN A VEHICLE. RESPECT THE FORCE
OF FLOWING WATER. BE ALERT WHEN CAMPING NEAR A CREEK OR RIVER, EVEN
IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT OCCURRING NEARBY.

REMEMBER...TURN AROUND, DON`T DROWN!

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SHEA
NWS LA CROSSE



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