March 17-21is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Even though we rarely experience widespread flooding in the Chippewa Valley as some other communities do, localized flooding in small areas carry the same dangers. As our forecast team travels to schools around the region, along with severe weather safety, we also teach flood safety. Chief Meteorologist Doug Michaels uses a good analogy with the kids in comparing floodwaters to a water slide. Once you get on that slide, there’s no turning back. The water pulls you along with no way to stop.
You’ve probably heard the saying "turn around – don’t drown." Heed this advice if you encounter floodwaters. It doesn’t take much water to carry a vehicle away and even less to carry a body away, plus…how do you know there’s not a big, deep hole underneath all that water?!
The National Weather Service in LaCrosse has more information regarding flood safety. Click on the link below to check it out.
Have a great week and enjoy the (somewhat) warmer temperatures!
Meteorologist LeAnn Lombardo