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#68374 - 06/28/06 08:44 PM The Dangers of Water
paramedicpete Offline
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Registered: 04/09/02
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Loc: Frederick, Maryland
With all of the recent rains and flooding conditions, I thought I would once again stand on my pulpit and remind everyone of the dangers of water, both swiftwater and flood waters.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH WATER WHICH IS MOVING AND STILL WATER WHERE YOU CANNOT COMPLETELY SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE ROAD. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN (OR YOURSELF FOR THAT MATTER) TO PLAY IN RAIN SWOLLEN CREEKS, STREAMS AND RIVERS. AND NEVER, NEVER ATTEMPT TO CROSS OR ENTER WATER NEAR A LOW HEAD DAM - YOU WILL MOST LIKEY DIE.

I just spent 5 hours last night running rescue calls for vehicles attempting to cross moving or standing water and had to recover the bodies of three young adults because they failed to heed all of the warnings. I spent 4 hours today on a recovery/search for two additional youths believed to have drowned, as they were believed to have been playing near a low head dam. We are still searching for their bodies.

Sorry if I am ranting, but I only got 2 hours of sleep last night and are having to imagine the thoughts and impacts to the families and friends of tragic loss of these 5 individuals. All of which were preventable.

Pete

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#68375 - 06/28/06 10:11 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 697
It never hurts to repeat this advice. thanks

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#68376 - 06/28/06 10:29 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
billym Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 616
Loc: Oakland, California
Thanks for your selfless service to the public. Stay safe!

Man once get caught in class IV or V water you realize how powerful it is.

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#68377 - 06/28/06 11:27 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
thseng Offline
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Registered: 03/24/06
Posts: 900
Loc: NW NJ
Thanks for your service and the reminder.

I had the opportunity to review my "Bug back home from work" contingency plans today. Unfortunately, it was while I was siting at work looking at a real-time traffic webcam showing the Delaware river lapping at the bottom of the bridge I needed to cross to get home.

http://www.wfmz.com/webcams/skycam3.html


Edited by thseng (06/29/06 12:53 AM)
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#68378 - 06/29/06 04:12 AM Re: The Dangers of Water
311 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/06
Posts: 285
Loc: NY USA
Good advice, but some people have the idea: I can do it & It won't happen to me. What's a low head dam? TNX, R ( I'M NOT GOING TO LET A LITTLE WATER STOP ME ! yeah, right)

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#68379 - 06/29/06 10:50 AM Re: The Dangers of Water
Nicodemus Offline
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
We heard about those two incidents down here in Fairfax, Pete. Rough stuff.

Thanks for putting out the reminder to folks.

When I was very young, a few friends and I went out to play in a drainage ditch after a heavy rain. One friend's legs were knocked out from under him by the rushing water and he was swept a few yards where he was caught in a concrete pipe. Luckily the pipe was too small for him, he was caught in such a manner that he could keep his head above water, and the water had someplace else to go rather than pool up until help arrived.

No matter how many times our parents had warned us previously and how little water we thought it was at the time we still went out there. It was luck he didn't drown.
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#68380 - 06/29/06 01:05 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
JimJr Offline
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Registered: 05/03/05
Posts: 133
Loc: Central Mississippi
0311,

A low head dam is a river control structure used to slow the flow and create a pool behind it.

This Link show an image and gives safety tips.

MrJim

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#68381 - 06/29/06 01:22 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
harrkev Offline
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Registered: 09/05/01
Posts: 384
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO
Quote:
This Link show an image and gives safety tips.

Nope. Linky broken.
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#68382 - 06/29/06 01:55 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
paramedicpete Offline
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Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
Here is previous post on low head dams:

Low Head Dam - Previous Posting

Please stay safe-
Pete

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#68383 - 06/29/06 02:50 PM Re: The Dangers of Water
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2027
Loc: NE Illinois
Maybe a fun thing to figure out for all you SCUBA-divers out there ...

I've always been curious of the weight carrying potential of a fully inflated passenger car tire. Said another way, I've wondered how much steel/iron weight I could hang from a floating passenger car tire (wheel included of course) before it starts to sink.

It has always seemed to me that four inflated tires would provide a tremendous amount of bouyancy, thus the tendency for vehicles to be more bouyant that one would think given their dry weight.

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