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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
836 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

...Flood Safety Awareness Week Continues...

The National Weather Service has declared March 13 through March 17,
2017, Flood Safety Awareness Week. The National Weather Service in
Caribou will feature information about a different flood topic each
day during the week.

Today`s topic: Turn Around, Don`t Drown

Turn Around, Don`t Drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA National
Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of
driving vehicle or walking through flood waters.

This is the 13th year of the TADD program. Hundreds of signs
depicting the message have been erected at low water crossings
during the past decade. 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, however.

Flooding is the second leading cause of weather-related fatalities
in the U.S. (behind heat). On average, flooding claims the lives of
89 people each year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles
when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Many other
lives are lost when people walk into flood waters. This happens
because people underestimate the force and power of the water,
especially when it is moving. The good news is that most flooding
deaths are preventable with the right knowledge.

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only
18 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including
large SUVs and trucks. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of
water covering a roadway or the condition of the road under 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 on the TADD program, visit

For flood safety tips, visit

Safety Tip of the Day - Of the 41 flood fatalities across the nation
in 2014, over 60 percent were vehicle related. Never drive down a
road that is flooded or closed. People often underestimate the power
of rushing water; it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car,
truck, or SUV away. You also don`t know what lies under the flood
waters; the road could be covered in debris or completely washed
away. Never drive around barricades; they are there for your safety!
Not only would you be putting your own life at risk, you would also
be risking the lives of those that must rescue you when your car
becomes stranded. It is far better to be late to work or miss an
appointment than to take the chance and lose your life. Turn
around, don`t drown!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter this week for additional
flood safety information.

Join us tomorrow for information on the numerous types of flood

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