The National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management want Texans to know that flood fatalities are avoidable – and flooded roads are especially dangerous at night.
More than 50 percent of flood-related drownings are vehicle-related. Saving your life – and preserving your vehicle – can be as simple as choosing a different route when you see water across a roadway.
More than two-thirds of flood-related drownings in Texas occur as a result of flash floods. Flash floods involve rising waters that can become much deeper very rapidly as a car attempts to cross a flooded area of a street or roadway.
Night driving makes it especially difficult to judge how deep water may be. Nearly eight of ten vehiclerelated flood fatalities in Texas occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Day or night, the best advice is this: when there's water on the road: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
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