NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — When in doubt, don’t drive through deep water.
That’s just one piece of advice from the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, which also says 18-24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off the road. “More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane-related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads,” according a press release.
Follow these safety rules when flooding occurs in your area:
- Get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
- Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
- Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
- Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.