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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
548 AM EDT Tue Mar 13 2018

...Flood Safety Preparedness Week Continues...

The National Weather Service offices in Maine have declared March 12 
through March 16 as flood safety preparedness week. The National 
Weather Service in Caribou will feature information about a 
different flood topic each day during the week.    

Today's topic: Turn Around, Don't Drown

Turn around, don't drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA National 
Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of 
driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters.

Thousands of signs depicting the message have been erected at low 
Water crossings during the past decade. The phrase "Turn around, 
don't drown" has become a catchphrase in the media, classroom, and 
even at home. It's one thing to see or hear the phrase and another 
to put into practice, however. 

Flooding is the second leading cause of weather-related fatalities 
in the U.S. (behind heat). On average, flooding claims the lives of 
89 people each year. The majority of these deaths occur in motor 
vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways and 
can be prevented. Many other lives are lost when people walk into 
flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force 
and the power of the water, especially when it is moving. The good 
news is most flooding deaths are preventable with the right 

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only 
18 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including 
large suvs and trucks. 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, visit 

For flood safety tips, visit our newly redesigned website at 

Safety Tip of the Day - of the 116 flood fatalities across the 
nation in 2017, over 50 percent were vehicle related. Never drive 
down a road that is flooded or closed. People often underestimate 
the power of rushing water; it only takes 18 inches of water to 
sweep a car, truck, or suv away. You also don't know what lies under 
the flood waters; the road could be covered in debris or completely 
washed away. And never drive around barricades; they are there for 
your safety! Not only would you be putting your own life at risk, 
you would also be risking the lives of those that must rescue you 
when your car becomes stranded. It is far better to be late to work 
or miss an appointment than to take the chance and lose your life. 
Turn around, don't drown!

Join us tomorrow for information on flood hazards.


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