Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S. claiming on average nearly 100 lives a year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Many other lives are lost when people walk into or near flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it’s moving. The good news is it is preventable with the right knowledge and tools.
A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. And it only takes 12 to 18 inches of flowing water to carry away most vehicles including large SUVs. If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will likely not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited. Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, follow this simple advice: Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Here are a few more tips to keep you safe during flooding:
- Always plan ahead and know the risks before flooding happens. Monitor NOAA’s All-Hazards Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information before, during and even after a disaster.
- If flooding is expected or is occurring, get to higher ground FAST! Leave typical flood areas such as ditches, ravines, dips or low spots, and canyons.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown.
- NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Turn Around Don’t Drown.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Never cross any barriers that are put in place by local emergency officials. Not only is this dangerous, but many states and communities levy steep fines for people that ignore barricades or other road closure indications.
- Play it safe, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
For immediate release: June 28, 2018
RICHLAND COUNTY COOLING CENTERS
Richland Center, WI: Due to the extreme heat warnings forecasted for the next two days, the following Richland County cooling centers have been identified by Richland County Public Health. The Richland County Courthouse will open its lobby and Conference Room 2 from 8:30AM-4:30PM tomorrow. The Brewer Public Library in Richland Center will be open from 9:00AM-5:00PM tomorrow and from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on Saturday. The Woodman Community/Senior Center will be open from 7:00AM-5:00PM Friday and will be open on Saturday and Sunday as it is hosting events on those days.
Cooling centers have also been opened in Viola. The Village of Viola Office will be open from 8:30AM-4:30PM tomorrow and will make a conference room available during that timeframe. The Viola Library will be open Friday from 2:00PM-7:00PM and on Saturday from 9:00AM-12:30PM.
In Lone Rock, the Lone Rock Community Hall will be open on both Friday and Saturday for those seeking relief from the heat. The lower level of the building is air-conditioned. The Lone Rock Community Hall will be open from early morning to evening both days. Adam Reno can be contacted at 608-604-4527 if questions arise. Additional phone numbers are posted on the doors of the building for individuals seeking more information.
Officials will monitor the use of cooling centers and the weather to determine the continued need for cooling centers.
For up to date information, visit the Richland County website at https://em.co.richland.wi.us select the Resources tabs for more information on the cooling shelter locations.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2017
Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839
Governor Walker Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for
July Flooding in Western Wisconsin
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for 11 counties impacted by flooding in western Wisconsin in July. The counties included in the declaration are Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.
“We are pleased these communities will receive this disaster assistance from FEMA,” said Governor Walker. “I would like to thank President Trump and FEMA for providing this assistance. It will help many communities as they continue to repair roads and bridges left damaged by the flash floods.”
Severe storms moved across western Wisconsin from July 19-22, 2017. The heavy rains caused flash flooding and several rivers to rise to major flood stage. FEMA damage assessments showed more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure in the region.
The major disaster declaration is for Public Assistance, which covers eligible projects submitted by counties, cities, townships and certain private, not-for-profit organizations. The program is not for businesses or homeowners.
Communities in the affected counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. They should contact their county emergency management director for further information. Under the program, FEMA provides 75 percent of eligible costs, while state and local agencies share the remaining 25 percent.
Contact information for county emergency management directors can be found here: http://www.emergencymanagement.wi.gov/counties/county_directors.asp
The storm system that moved through the area Wednesday night/Thursday morning produced between 6.5″ to 8″ of rain and winds in excess of 70 mph. The heavy rainfall caused significant flash flooding throughout the county which in turn caused area rivers and streams to rise dramatically; resulting in moderate flooding and several road closures. Several homes have been impacted as well, however none have been reported destroyed.
Another round of storms is expected to hit the area Friday and Friday night. These storms will again likely produce heavy rains that could lead to more flash flooding, especially for the locations that received heavy rains Wednesday night. In addition, there will also be a threat for damaging winds and large hail during the afternoon and evening.
Richland County Emergency Management is urging everyone to take the necessary steps now to protect life and property, as another round of storms will most certainly exacerbate the current flooding conditions. Those with outdoor interests and activities Friday and Friday night will also want to be weather aware!