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

The National Weather Service in Binghamton New York state has
declared March 13th through March 18th as Flood Safety Awareness

The National Weather Service in Binghamton will feature information
about a different flood topic each day during the awareness week.

Today`s topic: Turn Around Don`t Drown

The phrase "Turn Around Don`t Drown" has become a catchphrase in the
media, classroom and even at home. It`s one thing to see or hear the
phrase, and another to put it into practice.

Turn Around Don`t Drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA`s National
Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of
driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters. During the past
decade, hundreds of signs depicting the message have been erected
at low water crossings.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other
thunderstorms related hazard. The Center for Disease Control and
Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings
occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood waters. The next
highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or
near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of
water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult off their
feet. Twelve inches of moving water can carry away most small cars,
and twenty-four inches of rushing water can carry away most large
vehicles including school busses. It is never safe to drive or walk
into flood waters.

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 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 Don`t Drown.
For more information on the TADD program, visit:

For flood safety tips, visit:

Join us tomorrow for information on flood hazards.

You can also contact David Nicosia Warning Coordination
Meteorologist for NOAA`s National Weather Service in Binghamton at
607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at


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