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Jamie & Ben's WeatherCam Chat: Sunday's Flood!

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PARTS OF SOUTHERN
INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY...ALONG WITH A FLASH FLOOD WATCH THAT
IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT MONDAY MORNING. THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
TIPS ARE PROVIDED FOR THE MEDIA TO BROADCAST WHILE THE WARNINGS
AFFECT 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 6 HOURS OF A 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.
YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE A WARNING THAT THESE DEADLY...SUDDEN FLOODS
ARE COMING.  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...DONT 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...DONT 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) CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER 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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