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Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
1043 PM CDT SAT AUG 13 2016


...Safety Rules for Flash Floods...

A Flash Flood Watch, issued by the National Weather Service in
Paducah Kentucky, remains in effect for all of Southeast Missouri,
Southern Illinois, Southwest Indiana, and the West Kentucky
Counties bordering the Ohio River.

The following safety tips are being provided in the hope that the
broadcast media will frequently broadcast these messages while the
watch affects their area. On average, floods kill more people in
the United States each year than any other type of hazardous

Flash floods normally occur within six hours of the rain event,
after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of
water held by an ice or debris jam.  Flash floods can catch people
unprepared.  If you live in a flash flood prone area, plan now to
protect your family and property.

Many flood related deaths are due to careless or unsuspecting
motorists who attempt to cross flooded roads.  The National
Weather Service now warns anyone who comes to a flooded
roadway to...

Turn Around, Don`t Drown!!!

Less than two feet of water on a bridge or highway can float most
vehicles when the buoyancy force of the water becomes greater than
the vehicle weight, eliminating any frictional force between the
wheels and the road.  A car, truck, or sport utility vehicle can
be swept off a road into a stream if the water is moving rapidly.

If a flash flood or flood warning is issued for your area...

1. Drive only if absolutely necessary. Do not attempt to drive
through a flooded road.  The depth of the water is not always
obvious.  The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you
could be stranded or trapped.

2. Never drive around a barricade which is there for your
protection. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to
recognize flood dangers.

3. If you come upon a flowing stream where fast moving water is
above your ankles, turn around, don`t drown.  Six inches of swift
moving water can knock you off your feet.  Many people are swept
away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.

4. Never allow children to play around high water, storm drains or
viaducts.  It is very easy to be swept away by fast moving water.

Remember, on average, floods kill more people in the United States
than any other type of hazardous weather.

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