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Flood Safety Awareness Week: Turn around, don’t drown

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture encourages all citizens to better prepare their homes, businesses and communities for the upcoming flood season during this week, March 6-10, 2017. Flood Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for and understanding flooding in Kansas.

The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies flooding as one of the costliest types of natural disaster in Kansas, in terms of lives lost, injuries and property damage. Floods threaten people, homes and other property in every county in Kansas.

KDA’s Division of Water Resources encourages Kansans to be aware of flood hazards, especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting to drive through moving water. Find out if roads are closed due to flooding at the Kansas Department of Transportation website, kandrive.org.

For more flood safety resources from KDA’s Division of Water Resources, see agriculture.ks.gov/flood-safety.

Flood safety picture thanks to an Emporia fourth-grader.

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