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New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association
PO Box 3924 - Roswell, NM 88202- 575-937-1691
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NMFMA IS PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE NEW MEXICO
"TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN" PROGRAM

 Congratulations to the City of Farmington, City of Las Vegas, Pueblo de Cochiti, Village of Tijeras, Lincoln County, Santa Fe County, Otero County, and Luna County
 
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KOB 4 report - 4/16/15 - by Eddie Garcia


 

Climatologists are saying this spring could turn out to be wetter than usual. Monsoon season starts soon after that, and it seems every year, someone gets caught in the floodwaters.

Now there is a new sign and slogan with a simple message for all New Mexicans: "Turn around, don't drown."

Volunteers from the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association teamed up with our state's Department of Homeland Security to win a grant, which is paying for 100 of the signs.

They will soon go up in high-risk flood areas statewide in the hopes of keeping people and their property safe.

The risk to all of us comes when we misjudge water depth, especially while driving.

"Turn around, don't drown. It's not worth it. Just a couple inches can actually lift a car up and sweep it away," New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association Chair David Turk.

In some cases, a wall of water can come from seemingly nowhere.

"You can have a monsoon cell up in the mountains and then down where it's dry in the valley, you can have a flash flood," said Turk.

That sudden flooding can hit ditches, low lying areas, rivers , streams and arroyos.

Expect to see these signs going up almost everywhere in the coming years.

"Hopefully we can continue our partnership with the state and with the government and continue to put these signs up," said Turk.

 
2015/2016 "Turn Around Don't Drown" low water crossing signs
ARE HERE- SEE BELOW!!!!!!!!!!

2015 "Turn Around Don't Drown" low water crossing signs

ALL 85 SIGNS HAVE BEEN SPOKEN FOR!!!!!
2015 TADD signs  
 
 

 
30" x 30" Reflective Aluminum Sign
 
NMFMA has obtained 80 TADD low water crossing signs through the CAPSSE grant process in partnership with New Mexico DHSEM.  All NMFMA member communities in good standing interested in placing these signs at low water crossing areas within thier jurisdiction are encouraged to fill out the 2015 TADD Road Sign Agreement form and return it ASAP to :
Michele Truby-Tillen, CFM, 1st Vice Chair NMFMA
mtruby@sjcounty.net
505-334-4719
 
Signs will be distributed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis and are available for pick up immediately in the Albuquerque area.
 
There are requirements that must be met by the community as well as other "fine print", in return for the signs:
  
1)   All signs must be installed by June 30, 2015. Signs are available for immediate pick up in Albuquerque
 
2)   Pictures of each installed sign and GPS coordinates of each installed sign must be submitted to NMFMA prior to June 30, 2015.
 
3)   All costs associated with delivery, installation, maintenance, or any other costs are the sole responsibility of the community.
 
4)  The community is responsible for all liability associated with delivery, installation, maintenance, or any other liability issue that may arise.