Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
624 AM CDT TUE MAR 17 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY OF THE AWARENESS
WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED TOPIC.

NEVER DRIVE OR WALK INTO FLOOD WATERS - TURN AROUND DONT DROWN!
FLOODING IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES
IN THE U.S. 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 AN 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 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 DONT DROWN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

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TERRY










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