What to do if you see a flash flood while driving
The weather is warmer, the days are brighter, and summer is nearly here. Springtime does not just bring longer days and hotter temperatures, however. This is also the time of year when severe weather becomes a part of our weekly lives, and it’s not always about strong winds, hail, and tornadoes. Flash flooding is also a possibility, and although news broadcasts can sometimes show gentle floods and people splashing around on their bicycles when they occur, these events are actually quite dangerous. Read on for some suggestions of what to do if you see a flash flood while driving.
Tips for remaining safe when you spot a flash flood while in your car
- First and foremost, if you see a flash flood ahead of you, try your best to turn around and drive away from it. If someone is driving behind you, if you can, stop, get out, and signal to the other driver in some way that there is a flood ahead and you need to turn back. Your vehicle, no matter what it is, can be swept away in about a foot of water. Don’t risk it.
- If you wind up right in the thick of it and are surrounded by water before you even realize it, do not stay in your vehicle. Exit and seek higher ground.
- Do not try to walk through the floodwater after you leave your car. Flooded roads can collapse, power lines may be down and ready to electrocute anyone who enters the water, and the current could sweep you away.