Flood Safety Day set in Madras


National Weather Service employees will be in Madras on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for Flood Safety Awareness Day.

The activities include an unveiling and information session on the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” signs recently installed by the City of Madras Public Works. The signs have been installed on Northeast Ninth Street, near B Street, and at Southeast C Street and Grizzly Road, near the pedestrian bridge.

The signs are a cooperative effort between the Jefferson County Emergency Management, Madras Public Works and the National Weather Service.

The locations have been trouble spots for flooding. In late December 2005 and early January 2006, snowmelt flooding overwhelmed Willow Creek, sending it flowing across Highway 97.

The unveiling will be taking place at the Ninth Street location at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 26 , with the public invited to attend. National Weather Service personnel will explain the public safety program and be available for questions on this or other weather related issues.

Flood Safety Awareness Day is being declared by the mayor to heighten flood awareness and to highlight the Turn Around, Don’t Drown Program. This program aims to reduce or eliminate flood deaths due to people walking or driving a vehicle into flood waters.

More information on the Turn Around, Don’t Drown sign program can be found at www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd.