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

The National Weather Service in New York has declared
March 11th through March 17th as Flood Safety Awareness Week.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton will feature information
about a different flood topic each day this week.

Today`s topic: Turn Around Dont Drown

The phrase Turn Around Dont Drown has become a catchphrase in the
media, classroom and even at home. Its one thing to see or hear the
phrase, and another to put it into practice. Turn Around Dont
Drown, is a NOAA`s National Weather Service campaign used to educate
people about the hazards of driving a vehicle or walking through
flood waters.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other storm
related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a
vehicle is driven into hazardous flood waters. The deaths occur as
the automobile is swept downstream.

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult off their
feet. Twelve inches of moving water can carry away most small cars,
and twenty-four inches of rushing water can carry away most large
vehicles including school busses. It is never safe to drive or walk
into flood waters.

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 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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For flood safety tips, visit our website at:


David J. Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
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