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900 AM CDT TUE MAR 17 2015

The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared March 15 through
March 21 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic.

Never Drive or Walk into Flood Waters - Turn Around Don`t Drown!
Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities
in the U.S. On average, flooding claims nearly 90 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.

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 Don`t Drown. For more information and flood safety tips,

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