Stay safe and don’t get swept away this spring!
With spring comes April showers, unpredictable storms, and inclement weather. Unfortunately, this can result in flash flooding with many homes and businesses suffering. As a flash flood can hit within a matter of minutes, the general public should stay alert and be prepared to evacuate at any time. As for motorists, extra cautions could be taken to ensure a safe getaway instead of stewing in flood water.
Use these driver safety tips for flash flooding ensure that you and your vehicle are left on dry land after spring showers:
- Drivers should not be lulled into a false sense of security just because they’re in a vehicle when flooding occurs. In many ways, this is more dangerous.
- When water is running across the road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.
- Never attempt to drive through what looks like a shallow pool of water. It can be deceptively deep and rapid waters can sweep cars and trucks away quite easily.
- If you’re in a vehicle during a flash flood or if water is rising around it, all occupants should get out immediately and go to higher ground. Just six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and slide; 12 inches is enough to float many vehicles.
- Don’t sit in the vehicle and let it fill up with water. Stay calm and unbuckle your seat belt. Open the door to get out as long as water is below the bottom of the door.
- If water is higher than the bottom of the door, don’t open the door because it will let in water. Power windows don’t stop working immediately, so you should be able to roll your window down and get out that way.
- Carry a hammer for breaking vehicle windows in case windows can’t be rolled down.
- Pack a flashlight incase there is no additional lighting.
- Do not touch, brush against, or try to detach a live wire on your vehicle while exiting.
- Climb to higher ground once you are outside of the vehicle.
- Try to keep your cell phone dry and operational so that you can call 911 after escaping to higher ground.