Flood Safety Awareness: Facts for Drivers
The National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management urge people to be aware
of the dangers of driving into flooded roadways. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should
save their lives – and their cars – by turning around and choosing a different road.
- Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide. Twelve inches of water can
float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other
- Flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is very difficult to see how deep waters may
be or how fast water is rising.
- Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.
- Drivers often underestimate the power of rising floodwater. In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly
they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle.
- Floodwater weakens roadbeds. Drivers should proceed cautiously even after waters have receded,
since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
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