What to Do in a Flash Flood

A flood watch has been issued for the Norcross and metro area, so here are some tips on what to do in case you find yourself driving in a flash flood.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the metro area, including Norcross.

The forecast calls for periods of heavy rain Friday through Saturday with rainfall amounts as much as two inches. A second round of potentially heavy rain may add another 1 to 2 inches over the watch area Sunday night into Monday.

If you have to drive where there is a potential for flash flooding, please keep the following in mind:

• 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 (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
• 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. This is an event that happens quickly. If you are driving and the road has water over it, you need to remember this simple saying: “Turn Around – Don’t Drown.” 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.

Source: Better Business Bureau

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