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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1245 PM EDT Tue Mar 27 2018

...Pennsylvania Flood Awareness Week Continues... This week has been
declared Pennsylvania`s Flood Awareness Week by the National Weather
Service office`s serving Pennsylvania.

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

Today`s topic: Turn Around Don`t Drown

The phrase Turn Around Don`t Drown has become a catchphrase in the
media, classroom and even at home. It`s one thing to see or hear the
phrase, and another to put it into practice. Turn Around Don`t
Drown, is a 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 Don`t Drown.
For more information, visit: http://tadd.weather.gov.

For flood safety tips, visit our website at:
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

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