Turn Around Don't Drown® Warning™ Signs Posted In Northeast
Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin
Motorists traveling on
where it eventually crosses the
Wapsipinicon River in northeast Iowa
have something else to see these days. Yellow
Turn Around Don't Drown® (TADD) signs have been posted to warn them not to drive across the road when it is covered with water.
"Local officials are very interested and even eager
to post these signs," stated Mike Welvaert the Service Hydrologist at
the La Crosse Weather Forecast Office. "I was glad to be able to assist. One motorist even stopped by while we were putting the signs up,
thanking us for doing it."
On average, 100 people drown each year in flood
waters. More than half of the deaths are vehicle related.The National Weather Service has become pro-active
in its efforts to save lives from many of these needless drownings by launching
its TADD awareness campaign.
and several others in both Chickasaw County Iowa and Juneau County Wisconsin
were all selected because they are highly-traveled roads and because
of the frequency of flooding. Barricades
are used often. It is not unusual for
water to cover these roads several times per year.
Mike states that at a nearby
site where another TADD sign is posted, it is designed with four culverts under
the road. The road bed is actually a
sunken concrete "spillway" which is designed to allow water to pass
Flooding is still the number one severe weather killer.
It only takes six inches of moving water on a road for a motorist to lose
control of his vehicle, including SUVs. Two feet of moving water will carry most vehicles away. Welvaert says, "If you
encounter water over the roadway, it may be tempting to cross. But take the extra time to find another route. That decision may save your life. Remember, Turn Around, Don't Drown,"