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Turn Around Don't Drown!
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By Assistant Chief Tim Llewellyn
September 9, 2018

From the National Weather Service Website:
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm 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 water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
Adams Area Fire Chief Bill Hayes states, "When a roadway is covered with water, you never know how stable the roadway surface is - or if the roadway is even there. Moving water across a roadway has been known to wash the road away. It's always a better choice to turn around and don't drown."

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