Today we had a reminder of the dangers of driving into flood waters. Several roads and major highways experienced flooding. Some were closed by barriers and some were not. Remember that driving into flood water can be hazardous even if it isn’t marked by signs or barriers. As shown on the following video, several water rescues were still in progress this morning long after the rain had stopped: https://weather.com/storms/severe/video/water-rescues-underway-in-rain-soaked-oklahoma
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.