Turn Around, Don’t Drown

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Strong winds and heavy rain may occur across much of North Carolina with the approach of Hurricane Florence. Be prepared for flash flooding and power outages as the storm passes by.

When Flooded Turn Around Don't DrownBe aware that flash flooding can occur at any time. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. If you are advised to evacuate ahead of a flood, do so immediately. You may not have much time and you need to act quickly to save your life. Get out of areas that are subject to flooding and move to a safe area before access is cut off. Low spots such as streams, dips, canyons, and washes are not the places you want to be during flash flooding.

Remember never to drive through flood waters. You cannot see what is or is not under the water. The roadway that used to be there may be gone. It only takes a few inches of water to float a vehicle. Don’t underestimate the power of water. Play it safe. Turn around, don’t drown.