Last night, we experienced a lot rainfall; so much that a large part of the city was under flash flood warnings in the morning. Flash floods can be deadly. If you drive in an area that can be flooded, you need to take precautions to protect yourself and your passengers. Here is how National Driver Training addresses driving when roads are flooded:
When approaching water, avoid splashing water into the engine compartment by proceeding slowly. Do not proceed if the water level reaches your vehicle or you are unsure how deep the water is. Most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs can be swept away in as little as two feet of water. The best thing to do is to simply not drive through any standing or moving water is to, as the National Weather Service Puts it, "Turn Around Don't Drown."
Here is a list of safety rules from the National Weather Service's Turn Around Don't Drown website:
- Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown.
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.