City of Dallas reminds drivers: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

City of Dallas reminds drivers: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in Texas, but saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. With May 23-27 being Flood Awareness Week, the City of Dallas wants to remind drivers: never drive through flooded roadways.

Remember these tips:

  • It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.
  • Water covering the roadway may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
  • In rainy weather, be alert and stay tuned to local radio or TV.
  • If you are in a low-lying area when flooding occurs, get to higher ground quickly.
  • Do not cross-flooded roads or streams on foot; as little as six inches of water can knock you off your feet.
  • Never allow children to play near ditches and storm drains.
  • Never camp or park vehicles along streams or washes during stormy weather.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit and develop an emergency plan for you and your family should a disaster occur.

Flooded roads are especially dangerous at night, so choose a different route when you see water across a roadway. Nearly eight of ten vehicle related flood fatalities in Texas occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Day or night, the best advice is always “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

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