TADD is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters. It stands for Turn Around Don’t Drown.
25 years ago next month I married and moved to Houston. Never lived so near the Gulf. My new husband taught me right off the mark: “If you are away from the house, if it starts raining, Stay Where You Are.” And he was so right. Having lived in Houston for about 25 years at the time, he had seen the rain water flood streets such as Shepard, Westheimer, Alabama, all of downtown Houston (he worked at The Greensheet on Main St and lived off Alabama for years). If you live in the area you know the usual flooded streets.
The same month we married we had lunch at Demeris BBQ, Alabama and Westheimer, across from the old Alabama Theater (was a Half Price book store at the time). It started raining so we stayed after finishing lunch. We watched a red sports car, parked next door at Pappa’s, as the water rose and finally poured into the car’s open window. The owner finally ran out and got into it, to try and save the interior. It was also amazing to see the cars still trying to drive north and south on Westheimer, and the number of them which finally stalled out on the curb. In a couple of hours the water was gone and we left.
Sometimes it’s easy to think “I can make it” and drive through a flooded area, only to stall out and wish you suddenly had a “Duck” or a helicopter to get you out before the news choppers fly over you and see you waving for help.
The weather folks are talking about a possible tropical storm in the Gulf in the coming few days. If it does form and moves into the Houston and surrounding areas bringing rain…please remember: Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Or just stay home during bad weather and remember to visit Drake Homes Inc online!!