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Turn Around, Don't Drown

Driving into floodwaters causes more than half of all flood-related drownings

Driving a vehicle into a flooded area isn't just foolish and possibly illegal, it's potentially life threatening.

The National Weather Service says more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard, including lightning and powerful winds. And more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when someone drives a vehicle into high water, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Thus, the NWS maxim: Turn Around, Don't Drown

Be sure to heed barriers and emergency road signs directing traffic to avoid a flooded area. It's the safe thing to do, regardless of the urgency of your errand.

Many people don't realize the power and force of water. Rushing water just one foot deep can move most cars, and two feet of fast-moving water can displace SUVs and pickups.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, you likely will not know the water's depth, or the condition of the road or ground beneath it. So, never drive on flooded roadways.

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