Citizens Reminded to be Wary of Flooded Roadways

September 30, 2015

FloodThe Department of Emergency Services & Technology reminds citizens to “Turn Around Don’t Drown”.

With the forecast calling for heavy rains over the next few days, roadways may become flooded. Avoid roads already flooded or prone to flooding.

Roads may be washed out under flood waters. Turn Around Don’t Drown when you encounter a flooded road.  Many drivers over estimate their ability to navigate flooded roads, putting too much stock in their “heavy” vehicles. In reality, most motorists lose control of their vehicles, including SUVs, in just six inches of water, while 18-24 inches of moving water will force a vehicle off the road. The menace is buoyant force. When the buoyant force is greater than the vehicle’s weight, the vehicle will move with the moving water. Besides the buoyant force, erosion is another significant concern. Moving water is very powerful and can undermine the integrity of a road. A motorist will be unaware he is driving into a scoured out section of the road.

Be especially cautious when driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

For more information:
•    Turn Around Don’t Drown online Toolbox – http://www.weather.gov/os/water/tadd
•    prepare.stmarysmd.com


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