TADD Signs Posted in the Heart of Texas
The City of San Angelo, TX has upped the ante in their effort to reduce the loss of life due to floods. Two Federal Highway Administration sanctioned Turn Around Don’t Drown warning signs were posted in one of the city’s frequent flooding locations.
“Weather Forecast Office San Angelo is fortunate to have a close working relationship with the City of San Angelo and Tom Green County Emergency Manager, Ron Perry,” stated NWS Service Hydrologist Jason Johnson. “ Ron is a great communicator and we rely on his considerable experience in disaster management. Ron is a familiar face in our office.”
Not far from the Texas Hill Country, it is not unusual for San Angelo to receive heavy downpours from intense thunderstorms that roll water fast across the rolling terrain. A number of swift water rescues have occurred in the area.
The TADD Signs warn drivers and pedestrians to “Turn Around Don’t Drown” at the busy location that frequently floods. Not only does this low water crossing have a history of flooding, but it was the site where the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Emergency Management kicked-off the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign in 2004. This low water crossing was also seen in the video “Cyclone: Second Wave” made by the NWS and The Weather Channel.
Jason Johnson, NWS WFO Service Hydrologist and Ron Perry, City of San Angelo, host a news conference posting a new TADD sign. Photo - Buddy McIntyre, MIC.