Press release from the City:
City, River Commission participate in Flood Safety Awareness week
Media campaign reminds motorists not to drive through high water
In cooperation with the Maumee River Basin Commission, Mayor Tom Henry has proclaimed next week, March 16 through March 20, Flood Safety Awareness Week.
The timing of the awareness week is coincidental to the recent flooding.
“This week’s flooding is a reminder of the power of our rivers and waterways and the importance of people remembering to be safe around high water, including not driving through high water, not walking through standing water and keeping children and pets away from it,” Mayor Henry said.
In addition to formal proclamations from the City and the counties of Allen, Adams, Wells, DeKalb, Noble and Steuben, the commission is sponsoring a media campaign running this month on the networks of Indiana’s NewsCenter called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” The message to drivers and residents is not to enter standing water during flood events.
“As Fort Wayne and communities across northeast Indiana continue to improve their flood control and flood mitigation strategies, we cannot forget the importance of good judgment and safe behavior when there is high water,” Henry said. “Turn around, don’t drown is an easy phrase to remember. For your safety and that of your family, don’t drive through high water or go into flooded areas.”