Safety Tips for Flooded Roads

With Hurricane Irma dumping water all over Florida, it's likely that citizens trying to return home will encounter floodwaters at some point on the road. Even if it looks shallow, floodwater can be very dangerous. Here are some things to watch for and keep in mind if you find yourself facing down a flooded road.
  • it only takes six inches of moving floodwater to pull a person's out from under them. A car? That only takes 12 inches.
  • Bridges with fast-moving floodwater underneath may not be safe. Rushing water can deteriorate foundations, rendering bridges unstable and making them dangerous to cross.
  • If your car gets stuck in floodwaters, check and see if it's moving. If it's still, abandon your car and find higher ground.
  • If your car gets stuck in moving floodwater, stay put as long as you can and wait for help. Moving water can pull you away and is dangerous.
  • If your car gets stuck in moving floodwater and the situation is becoming unsafe, see if you can find something to cut your seatbelt before you escape. A full extended seatbelt can be up to 30 feet in length. If you tie a loop in it, it can serve as a valuable life line in fast waters.
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