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6 important things drivers need to know about floodwaters

6 important things drivers need to know about floodwaters

Flooding at Memorial and Waugh
A scene from the Memorial Day floods in 2015.  Photo by Shelby Hodge

In the Houston area, you never know when or where a flash flood might strike. One of the dangers of being in a city where you are so reliant on your vehicle is the chance you might get caught in a storm.

The National Weather Service reports more deaths occur each year from flooding than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

Here are some things you need to know about driving in floodwaters:

The threat to your safety is real
People don't often realize the power floodwaters really have. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said half of all flood-related drownings happen in cars.

A little water can do a lot of damage
You might think it would take massive amounts of water to move your vehicle, but as little as 12 inches can push your vehicle off a roadway.

Be careful if you have to get out
If you leave your vehicle and enter floodwaters on foot, be aware that just six inches could knock you off your feet and drag you away.

Barriers are there for a reason
Sadly, we've seen drivers go around traffic barriers only to end up losing their vehicles or even their lives. The risk is never worth bypassing road blocks.

Your vehicle is not worth your life
We have also seen moments where drivers fearing losing their vehicle get stuck in dangerous situations. If you sense you are becoming trapped, look for a high place to park your vehicle.

If you can safely exit the vehicle to avoid floodwaters, make a move quickly and take cover. Be aware of walking through high water.

If you see water, exercise caution
Four words we always say, but some people don't always heed: TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. If you see water on the road, you never know how deep it could be, especially if it's dark. Don't risk driving through high water.

 For more information check out this story from our news partners at ABC13 as well as this video: