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000 NOUS41 KBTV 170900 PNSBTV NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-180000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT 500 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015 ...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT 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 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 ON 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 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. 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 FLOODED WATERS. ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD, WALKWAY, OR PATH, FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE: TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN. VISIT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS. $$

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