The Town of Ulster and National Weather Service in Albany, NY have partnered to install five Turn Around Don't DrownTM signs in various locations along the Esopus Creek where floodwaters are known to inundate the roadways. The Town of Ulster will be unveiling these signs at 10 am Wednesday March 19th, 2014 on Farm to Market Rd (off Sawkill Rd near the Thruway Bridge) which is one of the sign locations. The other four signs will be placed at locations on Brabrant Rd, Dogwood St, Sandy Rd and Esopus Ave. A limited number of these signs are being distributed nationally through the National Weather Service's "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign to educate people about the hazards of driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters.
Flooding is the 2nd leading cause of weather related fatalities in the U.S. (behind heat). On average, flooding claims the lives of 89 people each 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 flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving. The good news is most flooding deaths are preventable with the right knowledge.
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only eighteen inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: "Turn Around Don't Drown".
These Town of Ulster Turn Around Don't DrownTM signs are being unveiled as part of the National Weather Service's National Flood Safety Awareness Week, which is March 16-22, 2014. More information about flood hazards can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety/. This year is the 10th anniversary of the NWS Turn Around Don't DrownTM campaign. More information about the campaign can be found at http://tadd.weather.gov/. Water and weather forecasts from the Albany, NY National Weather Service can be found at www.weather.gov/albany.
Directions to Site: Exit 19 from NY State Thruway (Kingston) to "Washington Avenue." Go .16 miles south and make a left onto "Sawkill Road". Travel .09 miles on Sawkill
Road and take a right onto "Farm to Market Road", just before the bridge over the thruway.
Frank C Petramale
Superintendent of Highways
Town of Ulster