Turn Around Don't Drown
September 15, 2009

Every year, there are countless incidents where motorist deliberately or accidently drive into flooded roadways and become either trapped or swept away by the rushing water. Spring and Fall are the predominant times for flash flooding on the Osage Reservation, and the opportunity to encounter flooded roadways are numerous. We have a large number of low water crossings that become flooded when we have slow moving, heavy rainfall producing thunderstorms. The most important thing to remember is that the high water is generally short lived. The best practice is to remain patient and wait for the water level to subside, or just Turn Around Don’t Drown, and go back the way you came.


Here are some safety tips:

  • Do not attempt to cross a flooded roadway or flowing stream
  • Don’t let children play near high water, storm drains or ditches
  • Flooded roadways could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. 
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. It takes only 18-24 inches of water to float a normal vehicle, and as little as 6 inches of flowing water can sweep an adult off their feet.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night in flood prone areas when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for weather related information.
  • For other weather and home safety information please feel free to visit our website at www.osagetribe.com and click on the Emergency Management link.

or contact the office of:

Osage Nation Emergency Management

100 West Main, Suite 307

 Pawhuska, Ok. 74056

918-287-5225 (Office)

918-440-0190 (Cell)

918-287-5232 (Fax)