When is it safe for you to walk or drive into flood water?


Flood water may appear very gentle and safe to walk or drive into. But NEVER do it, says National Weather Service (NWS) of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NWS, in its Turn Around Don’t Drown campaign, says that “it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles”.

The warning issued by NWS is crisp and clear:

“Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.”

Just 12 inches of water can carry away a small car, 2 feet of rushing water can carry away MOST vehicles and just 6 inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult – get it?

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