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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH, KY  
1043 PM CDT SAT AUG 13 2016  
   
..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 
 
   
..SAFETY RULES FOR FLASH FLOODS
 
 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH, ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN  
PADUCAH KENTUCKY, REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI,  
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHWEST INDIANA, AND THE WEST KENTUCKY  
COUNTIES BORDERING THE OHIO RIVER.  
 
THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS ARE BEING PROVIDED IN THE HOPE THAT THE  
BROADCAST MEDIA WILL FREQUENTLY BROADCAST THESE MESSAGES WHILE THE  
WATCH AFFECTS THEIR AREA. ON AVERAGE, FLOODS KILL MORE PEOPLE IN  
THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR THAN ANY OTHER TYPE OF HAZARDOUS  
WEATHER.  
 
FLASH FLOODS NORMALLY OCCUR WITHIN SIX HOURS OF THE RAIN EVENT,  
AFTER A DAM OR LEVEE FAILURE, OR FOLLOWING A SUDDEN RELEASE OF  
WATER HELD BY AN ICE OR DEBRIS JAM. FLASH FLOODS CAN CATCH PEOPLE  
UNPREPARED. IF YOU LIVE IN A FLASH FLOOD PRONE AREA, PLAN NOW TO  
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND PROPERTY.  
 
MANY FLOOD RELATED DEATHS ARE DUE TO CARELESS OR UNSUSPECTING  
MOTORISTS WHO ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOODED ROADS. THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE NOW WARNS ANYONE WHO COMES TO A FLOODED  
ROADWAY TO...  
 
TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!!!  
 
LESS THAN TWO FEET OF WATER ON A BRIDGE OR HIGHWAY CAN FLOAT MOST  
VEHICLES WHEN THE BUOYANCY FORCE OF THE WATER BECOMES GREATER THAN  
THE VEHICLE WEIGHT, ELIMINATING ANY FRICTIONAL FORCE BETWEEN THE  
WHEELS AND THE ROAD. A CAR, TRUCK, OR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE CAN  
BE SWEPT OFF A ROAD INTO A STREAM IF THE WATER IS MOVING RAPIDLY.  
 
IF A FLASH FLOOD OR FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA...  
 
1. DRIVE ONLY IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE  
THROUGH A FLOODED ROAD. THE DEPTH OF THE WATER IS NOT ALWAYS  
OBVIOUS. THE ROAD BED MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER THE WATER, AND YOU  
COULD BE STRANDED OR TRAPPED.  
 
2. NEVER DRIVE AROUND A BARRICADE WHICH IS THERE FOR YOUR  
PROTECTION. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO  
RECOGNIZE FLOOD DANGERS.  
 
3. IF YOU COME UPON A FLOWING STREAM WHERE FAST MOVING WATER IS  
ABOVE YOUR ANKLES, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. SIX INCHES OF SWIFT  
MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK YOU OFF YOUR FEET. MANY PEOPLE ARE SWEPT  
AWAY WADING THROUGH FLOOD WATERS, RESULTING IN INJURY OR DEATH.  
 
4. NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY AROUND HIGH WATER, STORM DRAINS OR  
VIADUCTS. IT IS VERY EASY TO BE SWEPT AWAY BY FAST MOVING WATER.  
 
REMEMBER, ON AVERAGE, FLOODS KILL MORE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES  
THAN ANY OTHER TYPE OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER.  
 

 
 
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