“Turn around, don’t drown” in flooded areas

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Pooling water on the roadways can definitely be a problem on days like today.

All along the shoreline and railways across the state, railroad underpasses can be especially troublesome in major rain events. As cars approach, many motorists assume it’s just a small amount of water under the bridge. In reality, there can be as much as one to two feet of water under there, as the roadway dips to go under the bridge.

The National Weather Service likes to say “turn around don’t drown.” That’s their campaign when it comes to flooding. They report more deaths occur each year in flooding incidents than any other thunderstorm related weather event.

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Motorists should be aware that it takes just six inches of fast moving water to knock down an adult. 12 inches can carry away a small car and two feet of rushing water can move most vehicles.

But, it doesn’t need to be rushing water to cause problems. Standing water can cause your car to stall out and conditions can change very quickly, especially if the rain is still coming down.

Emergency management officials say they warn residents of the dangers of driving in possible flood conditions on a regular basis. Still, they say each time there are heavy rains, drivers continue to push the limits and attempt to get through water clogged roadways. The end result is stranded motorists who have put themselves in dangerous and scary situations.



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