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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
651 AM CDT Fri Mar 31 2017

...2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska/Iowa...

The National Weather Service along with Nebraska Emergency Management
and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Division have declared
March 27 through March 31 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The topic for today is Flooding.

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 82 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 24 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, visit
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

For safety information visit www.weather.gov/os/severeweather.

For more information contact:
Brian Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

Cathy Zapotocny
Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166


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