Turn Around, Don't Drown has been used by the National Weather Service for years to highlight the #1 danger in flash flooding and the easy way to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic.
As you know,
This very brief video shows how quickly things can go from safe to near-fatal. Chris says had his car not buckled and the window broken he never would have been able to get out. I'll let him pick it up in his own words.
Chris also posted this photo on Facebook. Note the too short guardrail. OKC legal department: Tell your public works/road department this needs to be fixed immediately. There would be real liability to the city if this happens again now that the hazard is known.
I also want to make a point that Chris is too polite to make. The police car was useless. Here is a screen capture. I didn't even see the police car the first time I viewed the video.
So, in Oklahoma Friday evening, we had the Oklahoma Highway Patrol blocking the way out of the tornado hazard and police not blocking the obvious flood hazard.
I dont want this or the posting below to lead you to the conclusion that I am anti-law enforcement. Quite the contrary, I think they have a difficult job that requires them to make all kinds of decisions quickly. My problem is that police (at least the ones I have spoken with) have no training in extreme weather, radar interpretation, etc. So, all too often, it seems they make the wrong decision because they lack that training. And, there are times when individual officers decide to make a point rather than doing their jobs.
Perhaps it is time to rethink the role of law enforcement in these situations. I am aware of fire department officials in some states who do receive spotter training, who do receive flood training, and training in water rescue. Should it be fire and emergency management responding rather than police? I believe it is a question worth asking.
Thanks, Chris, for making this available. I hope it saves lives and prevents needless property loss.