Often times you’ll hear meteorologists say, “Don’t drive through flooded roads.” That’s because getting caught in floodwaters can be extremely dangerous and sometimes life-threatening.
Each year more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard, according to the National Weather Service.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwaters. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
Did you know?
- Six inches of standing water is enough to stall most vehicles. Six inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock over and carry away an adult.
- One foot of water can float a vehicle and if it's rushing, it can carry it away.
- Two feet of water not only can float most vehicles including SUVs, vans and trucks, but can also be swept away in the current.
If for some reason you find yourself trapped in your vehicle while stuck in floodwaters, here are a few options: