Sunday, June 30, 2013

Flooding and Driving

More people perish due to drowning in their car than you think.   Hype online and on TV make it sound like a Hurricane or a Tornado are the most dangerous severe weather condition.  This may be true however severe storms cover a specific area.  A flood or flash flood is a more common event and many people don't know as much as they should to avoid getting caught in one and the dangers of driving through a flood especially at night.

Of course flooding occurs with severe storms but did you know that you do not have to be in a rain storm to be caught in a flash flood?

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
A foot of water will float many vehicles
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
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Final note:   SE PA has seen record rainfall amounts for example Philadelphia has see over 10 inches of rain for this month  (June '13)  The NWS stated today that even with 1 inch of rainfall can create flooding.  Check your local news and be especially aware of flooding conditions near creeks and streams.  If you have to drive today use a GPS and learn how to set an alternate route.   It is a law in PA to use your headlights when you are using your windshield wipers during the day.

Do not cross a flooded road closed by a barricade, not only are you risking your life but also the lives of those that would have to rescue you.  (Now a PA state law with fines as well)

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