- Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide.
- Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.
- Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.
- In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle.
- Flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is very difficult to see how deep waters may be or how fast water is rising.
- Floodwater weakens roadbeds. Drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening weather conditions.
- Lives can be saved every year if Texas drivers follow this one rule: when there’s water on the road, turn around, don’t drown.
With heavy rains and strong winds moving through portions of Texas this week, it’s a good time to remind drivers to avoid low water crossings and driving on flooded roadways.Turn Around Don’t Drown, or TADD, is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving vehicles through flood waters.According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of all flood- related deaths occur when a vehicle is driving into hazardous flood water. Second on the list are flood-related deaths due to walking in or around flood waters.Why? The main reason is people are unaware of the force and power of flowing water.Many flood-related injuries and deaths could be avoided if drivers would turn around and choose a different route when they see water across a road. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route. These are the facts: