to the Texas DOT, flash flooding is the leading cause of
weather-related deaths in Texas. Many of these deaths are
preventable, but too many people drive around barriers and
signs that warn of flood danger. Don’t move, tamper
with or drive around barriers blocking a low-water crossing.
Penalties range from $200 to $1,000 and/or two years in
underestimate the force and power of water. As little as
six inches of water can float some vehicles. If you encounter
a flooded road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
Hydroplaning is another
roadway condition that reduces the friction between your
tires and the road. Slow down when there is a lot of water
on the road to avoid hydroplaning. If you feel your vehicle
start to hydropane reduce your speed (gently) and avoid
turning or heavy braking unless necessary. Any abrupt meneuvers
could cause the vehicle to loose control.
Not a good idea.
Flash Flood Safety
- Do not attempt to cross flowing
- Avoid areas already flooded,
especially if the water is flowing fast.
- Be extra cautious at night
when it is harder to see flood dangers.
- If there is flooding get to
- Avoid parking or camping next
to flowing streams.
- Monitor Weather radio, such
as NOAA for weather conditions.