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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany, NY
800 AM EDT Tue Mar 13 2018

The National Weather Service (NWS) Albany, NY has declared March 12
through March 16 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for safety and
preparedness messages throughout the week.

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 over 80 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. Here are the facts:

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.

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