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000 NOUS41 KBGM 281202 PNSBGM PAZ038>040-043-044-047-048-072-290400- 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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