We're coming up on the 37th Anniversary of the Flood Of '87. I still remember vividly living in Costigan and watching the mighty Penobscot River cross the street from its usual spot, and make its way down Main Street and eventually to the other side of the road, and into my basement and backyard.

It was wild to see things like logs, oil tanks, and even our cement stairs go floating away in the flood waters.


And when the river finally subsided, the gross muck that was left over was both a sight to behold and to smell.

As tempting or innocuous as it might seem, flood water is something you never want to venture into. While it may look safe, it's what you can't see that could hurt you.

Road Closed sign due to high water in front of water crossing over the road

This week happens to be Flood Safety Week, and the folks from the Maine Emergency Management Agency want to remind you of just why you should stay out of Maine flood waters.

They posted this handy little reminder on their Facebook Page, as to what might be lurking just below the surface, and why you don't want anything to do with what's below!

Flood Water Info, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administraion
Flood Water Info, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administraion

According to the NOAA website, even venturing into what you think might be shallow water can be a problem.

"Don't walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible. Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don't Drown! A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles."

Bottom line: stay safe and dry and away from flood waters if you can.

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