The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota
has declared Sunday, March 14th through Saturday, March 21st as
Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each weekday during the awareness
week will feature information about a different flood related
Never Drive or Walk into Flood Waters - Turn Around Don't Drown!
Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities
in the U.S. On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year.
More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people
attempt to drive through flooded roadways. This happens because
people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an
adult. Twelve inches of water can float a small car. If that water is
moving, it can carry that car away. Eighteen to twenty-four 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 and flood safety tips,