The Dangers Of Driving Through Flood Waters
Kathleen Shipman 12/31/2015
Flooding claims the lives of nearly 90 people in the U.S. every year, half of which are killed in their vehicles. The U.S. National Weather Service warns us about the dangers of driving through flood waters.
Out of all weather related catastrophes, flooding is one of the deadliest in the U.S. Many of these deaths occur when a person drives on a road that they believe to be safe. However, flood waters (especially when moving) should not be underestimated, as even a small amount is powerful enough to cause harm.
In the video, they provide us with some eye-opening facts. Six inches of water has the strength to knock over an adult and take them away... 12 inches of water can float a small car, and if powerful enough, even carry it away... Lastly, it only takes 18-24 inches of flood water to carry away most vehicles (including an SUV). Fortunately, the U.S. National Weather Service provides us with an important tip to follow if ever you do come across flood water. It's simple, "Turn Around Don’t Drown." Pass along this information to help spread awareness about the dangers of flood waters!