Turn Around Don't Drown 2016

April 21, 2016 01:06 PM
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Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S., and this is especially tragic since many are preventable. There are simple steps residents can take today to reduce their risk to all types of floods. The Galesburg Fire Department wants individuals and families to understand what to do when encountering flood waters while driving.
 
The U.S. National Weather Service has posted a public service announcement video called "Turn Around, Don’t Drown" to remind motorists of the dangers of crossing flooded roads. The PSA video and other flood-related information can be found at http://tadd.weather.gov/
 
Flooding-related driving tips:
• Do not drive through flooded areas
• If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so
• If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground
 
Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down.
 
Motorists should monitor the road conditions before driving and remember to keep emergency items inside the vehicle. A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 800/452-4368.
 
For additional information please contact the Galesburg Fire Department at 309/345-3757.
 
 

 

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