How To Drive in Flash Flooding and Not Drown
Severe thunderstorms, flooding and flash flooding are possible in Cartersville and Bartow County through Monday, so brush on driving tips from the Better Business Bureau.
Flooding is possible in Cartersville and Bartow County on Saturday and again on Monday when another round of thunderstorms is expected to move across Georgia.
Flash flooding also may happen Monday, according to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook. Another 1 to 2 inches of rain were expected to fall Friday night on top of the 1 to 1.5 inches of rain measured during the morning hours.
If you may drive where there's potential for flash flooding, brush up on these tips from the Better Business Bureau"
- 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, or SUV's, and pick-up trucks.
- 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—it happens quickly. If you are driving and the road has water over it, you need to remember a simple saying: "Turn Around—Don't Drown," according to the BBB. 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.
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