Turn Around; Don’t Drown

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The National Weather Service reports that more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather-related hazard. Avoid flood hazards by following the mantra “Turn Around. Don’t Drown.”

Six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. As little as 12 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs. Safety first – if you are unsure about the amount of water on a flooded road, Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

With heavy rain in the forecast for today, here are a few reminders to keep you safe during a flood:

•Always plan ahead and know the risks before flooding happens.

•If flooding is expected, or is occurring, get to higher ground FAST! Leave typical flood areas such as ditches, ravines, dips or low spots and canyons.

•NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Turn Around Don’t Drown.

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

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

•Never cross any barriers that are put in place by local emergency officials.

•Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

If you need additional information, contact our Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 703-877-3715, or email oem@fairfaxcounty.gov.