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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
915 AM CDT TUE MAR 17 2015

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 16 THROUGH 20 OF 2015...

...TODAY`S TOPIC:  TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN...

FLOODING REMAINS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF WEATHER RELATED
FATALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.  ON AVERAGE...FLOODING CLAIMS ABOUT
90 LIVES EACH YEAR.  MORE THAN HALF OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR
VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.
PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE AND POWER OF WATER...ESPECIALLY WHEN
IT IS MOVING.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AND SWEEP AWAY
AN ADULT.  TWELVE INCHES OF WATER CAN FLOAT A SMALL CAR.  IF THAT
WATER IS MOVING...IT CAN CARRY THE CAR DOWNSTREAM.  EIGHTEEN TO
TWENTY-FOUR INCHES OF FLOWING WATER CAN SWEEP AWAY MOST VEHICLES.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCURATELY ESTIMATE THE DEPTH OF WATER COVERING
A ROADWAY OR THE CONDITION OF THE ROADWAY BELOW THE WATER...AND
ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT TIME WITH LIMITED VISION.  NEVER DRIVE OR WALK
THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.  IF AT ANY TIME YOU ARRIVE AT A FLOODED
ROAD...WALKWAY OR PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE:  TURN
AROUND...DON`T DROWN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...PLEASE VISIT THE
FOLLOWING (IN LOWER CASE TYPE):

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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