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19 November 2013

'Turn around, don't drown'

Don't underestimate flood waters - just a few centimetres can be enough to sweep people and even vehicles away.

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Rapidly flowing flood water higher than about 15cm is enough to knock you off your feet.

If you must wade through water, preferably do so where it’s still or moving slowly. Check the firmness of the ground in front of you with a long stick.

Avoid driving into flooded areas. Your car can be quickly disabled: just 60cm of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon it and move to higher ground.

"Turn Around, Don't Drown" is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) flood safety campaign.

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