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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
548 AM EDT Tue Mar 13 2018

...Flood Safety Preparedness Week Continues...

The National Weather Service offices in Maine have declared March 12
through March 16 as flood safety preparedness week. The National
Weather Service in Caribou will feature information about a
different flood topic each day during the week.

Today`s topic: Turn Around, Don`t Drown

Turn around, don`t drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA National
Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of
driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters.

Thousands of signs depicting the message have been erected at low
Water crossings during the past decade. 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 into practice, however.

Flooding is the second leading cause of weather-related fatalities
in the U.S. (behind heat). On average, flooding claims the lives of
89 people each year. The majority of these deaths occur in motor
vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways and
can be prevented. Many other lives are lost when people walk into
flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force
and the power of the water, especially when it is moving. The good
news is most flooding deaths are preventable with the right

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only
18 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including
large suvs and trucks. 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, don`t drown!

For more information on the tadd program, visit

For flood safety tips, visit our newly redesigned website at

Safety Tip of the Day - of the 116 flood fatalities across the
nation in 2017, over 50 percent were vehicle related. Never drive
down a road that is flooded or closed. People often underestimate
the power of rushing water; it only takes 18 inches of water to
sweep a car, truck, or suv away. You also don`t know what lies under
the flood waters; the road could be covered in debris or completely
washed away. And never drive around barricades; they are there for
your safety! Not only would you be putting your own life at risk,
you would also be risking the lives of those that must rescue you
when your car becomes stranded. It is far better to be late to work
or miss an appointment than to take the chance and lose your life.
Turn around, don`t drown!

Join us tomorrow for information on flood hazards.

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