This week, March 16-20, 2009 is National Flood Safety Awareness week. The National Weather Service and your local emergency management officials want to remind you of some of the safety issues related to flash flooding.
"The Hidden Danger"
Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related!
In your automobile look out for...flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
Even the largest heaviest of vehicles will float...as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle....two feet of water will carry most cars away.
Do not drive through flowing water! Turn Around...Don't Drown!
A hidden danger awaits motorists where a road without a bridge dips across a creek bed.
Motorists develop false confidence when they normally or frequently pass through dry low-water crossings.
Road beds may have been sourced or even washed away during flooding creating unsafe driving condition.
Those people who repeatedly drive through flooded low-water crossings do not recognize the dangers of a small increase in the water level.
Driving too fast through low water will cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface.
Visibility is limited at night increasing the vulnerability to the driver to any hidden dangers.
Heed all flood and flash watches and warnings.
Keep abreast of road conditions through the news media.