The National Weather Service has declared March 16-22 as Flood Safety Awareness Week

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Today's Topic: "Turn around don't drown" or TADD for short.

Flooding is the 2nd leading cause of weather related fatalities in the U.S. (behind heat). On average, flooding claims the lives of 89 people each year, most 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.

Just 6 inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult. Only 18 inches of floting water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUV's. 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.