PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
Friday, March 22, 2013
The National Weather Service’s annual Flood Safety Awareness Week campaign comes to an end today. The final topic for this week is flood safety.
Based on a 30 year period, floods are the deadliest weather related killer in the United States, averaging over 100 deaths per year. The most frightening aspect is that most flood related deaths occur when people enter flood waters.
It is never safe to enter a flooded area. Here are some reasons why.
The following are safety tips you can use to help protect yourself in case of a flood.
• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground and stay away from areas that are subject to flooding.
• Do not allow anyone to walk or play near high water, storm drains, or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
• Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by the water. Never drive across floodwaters or flooded roads. Never ignore barricades, as they are placed there for your protection.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams or washes, particularly when threatening weather conditions exist.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is much more difficult to recognize flood dangers.
Additional information about Flood Safety Awareness Week can be found at WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV or http://tadd.weather.gov. For more information about the Great Ohio Valley Flood of 1913 please visit http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/1913Flood/.