'Turn Around Don't Drown': National Flood Safety Awareness Week Day 2
POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 2:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — This year is the 10th anniversary of the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" or TADD program.
In an effort to raise awareness about flood safety on the roads, the National Weather Service created the campaign.
Hundreds of signs, depicting the message, have been placed around low water crossings during the past decade. It’s one thing to see or hear the phrase, but another to put it into practice.
Flooding is the second leading cause of weather related fatalities in the United States, next to heat. On average, flooding claims the lives of 89 people each year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Last year, nearly 53 percent of flood deaths were related to vehicles. Many other lives are lost when people walk into flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving.
The good news is most flooding deaths are preventable with the right knowledge.
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only eighteen inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs.
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, click here.
To see yesterday's "Flood Safety" story, click here.
The National Flood Safety Awareness continues through March 22. Check back, here, for tomorrow's topic: "Flood Hazards."
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