Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
1144 AM CDT TUE MAR 17 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED
MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 20 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY
OF THE WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED
TOPIC.

TODAY/S 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 UNITED STATES. 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 SUV/S. 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...VISIT:

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WATCHES
AND WARNINGS.

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