BBB Tips: Driving During A Flash Flood If You Must

February 22, 2013

Today and tomorrow, most of the state of Georgia will be getting much needed rain.  But with more than expected rain, the potential for flash floods is expected. 

Your best information is received by staying current via local media, The Weather Channel, the Internet or any source of reliable data that will give you real time information on the weather where you live.

If you have to drive where there is a potential for flash flooding, please keep the following in mind.

• 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.

Remember, a flash flood is not something that takes a long time to develop. This is an event that happens quickly.  If you are driving and the road has water over it, you need to remember this simple saying: “Turn Around – Don’t Drown”. Never drive on a road with water covering it and never drive around barriers blocking a flooded road or it just may cost you your life.