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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Flood Awareness: Safety and Preparedness
March 15, 2012
In the United States, flooding is the top storm-related killer, on average, claiming the lives of between 90 and 100 people annually. More than half of those deaths are the result of people attempting to drive through flooded roadways. Victims are usually either trapped in their cars or they drown as they are washed downstream by raging flood waters.
In addition, about another quarter of the deaths are caused by people attempting to walk or swim through flood waters or falling into the water. Always keep a safe distance from rapidly moving water and never stand on a bridge to watch the raging waters below.
The vast majority of the deaths are preventable. Here are some flood safety and preparedness tips that could save your life:
If you live along a small river or stream:
The National Weather Service has declared the week of March 12th through 16th Flood Awareness Week in Maine and throughout the United States. For additional information, call your local National Weather Service office, or visit them on the web:
Last update: 07/20/10
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