Kerrville Fire Department, along with the National Weather Service & the Texas Division of Emergency Management, wants Kerr County residents to know that flood fatalities are avoidable; March 14-18, 2011 has been designated Flood Safety Awareness Week.
More than 50 percent of flood-related drownings are vehicle-related. Saving your life – and preserving your vehicle – can be as simple as choosing a different route when you see water across a roadway. More than two-thirds of flood-related drownings in Texas occur as a result of flash floods. 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. Night driving makes it especially difficult to judge how deep water may be. Nearly eight of 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 additional information call Mindy N. Wendele, Director of Business Programs and Public Affairs at 830.792-8343 or visit the City of Kerrville’s website at www.kerrvilletx.gov .