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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Turn Around - Don't Drown!

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While Louisburg doesn't run the risk of flooding by rivers, residents should still be aware that driving into flooded roadways is one of the biggest causes of flood-related deaths. Last October the Miami County area received 10-15 inches of rain over a three-day period. And in August 2017, the county received about 12 inches of rain in just a matter of hours. Both storms caused significant flooding, and the 2017 storm caused flooding in areas that had never been flooded in the past. A death occurred in each storm when vehicles entered a flooded area. 

Did you know that just 6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock a person off his feet. It only takes seconds for a vehicle to be swept away in swiftly moving water and a car or small SUV can float away in 12 inches of water while a larger vehicle can be swept away in only 18 inches of water. 

Other hazards could exist in a flooded roadway like washed out road surfaces, electrical wires or sharp objects. 

The National Weather Services offers great tips on flood safety. The Kansas Department of Agriculture-Division of Water Resources reports that flooding is one of the costliest types of natural disaster in Kansas, in terms of lives lost, injuries, and property damage. The Department of Ag also offers some flood safety tips.

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