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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1256 AM CDT SUN JUL 17 2016

...SAFETY RULES FOR FLASH FLOODS...


FLASH FLOODING IS ONE OF THE TOP THUNDERSTORM RELATED KILLERS.
EXCESSIVE THUNDERSTORM RAINS CAN BRING AREA CREEKS AND STREAMS UP
VERY QUICKLY AND CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD.

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 FLOWING WATER CAN
CREATE. IT ONLY TAKES 18 TO 24 INCHES OF WATER TO MAKE MANY VEHICLES
FLOAT. EVEN LARGER VEHICLES LIKE TRUCKS OR SUVS CAN BEGIN FLOATING
IN A SURPRISINGLY SMALL DEPTH OF WATER.

MOST AUTOMOBILE RELATED FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR AT DARK WHEN IT IS
MORE DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS.

IN AUGUST 2007...8 PEOPLE WERE KILLED FROM FLASH FLOODING IN THE
REGION WHEN FLASH FLOODING DAMAGED ROADS AND BRIDGES. THE FLOODING
ALSO OCCURED MAINLY AT NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE MAY NOT REALIZE THE DANGERS
OF DRIVING INTO HIGH WATER.

THE BEST THING TO DO WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED OR FLASH
FLOODING IS OBSERVED IS TO 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 NEARBY.

REMEMBER...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

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NWS LA CROSSE



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