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DPS: Turn around, don't drown

Released by the Texas Department of Public Safety:

AUSTIN – Tropical Storm Hermine is predicted to spawn heavy rains – and possibly flash floods – in widespread areas across Texas. Many flood related deaths in Texas could be avoided if drivers would turn around and choose a different route when they see water across a road.

Night time driving makes it especially difficult to judge how deep water may be. Flash floods involve rising waters that can become much deeper very rapidly as a car attempts to cross a flooded area of a street or roadway.

Nearly eight of every ten vehicle-related flood fatalities in Texas occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Day or night, the best advice is this: when there's water on the road: Turn Around, Don't Drown.

For more information on all hazards preparedness, click on these web sites:
www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem 
www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/ 
www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml 
www.redcross.org

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