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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Tue Mar 28 2017

The National Weather Service has declared March 27th through March
31st as Flood Safety Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.

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
downstream.

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:
http://tadd.weather.gov.

For flood safety tips, visit our newly redesigned website at:
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

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 david.nicosia@noaa.gov

$$

Kat Hawley
Meteorologist
NOAA`s National Weather Service Binghamton NY




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