Springfield Fire Department News Releases

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Springfield Fire Department warns about dangers of flash flooding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With the increased potential for strong rains and flash flooding this week, the Springfield Fire Department would like to remind you of the danger posed by moving water, and encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related death in the United States, with 80% of all fatalities in flash floods resulting from drivers ignoring obvious warning signs on open roads, or driving around marked flood barricades placed by public safety personnel.

Remember that it is never wise to wade or drive into floodwater. Water over a road, no matter how deep, can hide washed out roads with as little as six inches of moving water being capable of floating and carrying away a vehicle.

The Springfield Fire Department would like to encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown, when faced with water covered roads. Take an alternate route or wait until the water recedes. If you are in need of assistance, dial 911.

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For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.gov

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