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Turn Around Don't Drown

8/29/2012 9:15:32 AM

Contact: City Emergency Manager, 562-4045

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. People underestimate the force and power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited. Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, turn around don't drown.

A few safety rules to remember:

- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.

- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.

- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

- Do not drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.