WASHINGTON - Emergency officials across the D.C. region are warning motorists that will be driving during Friday’s severe weather not to drive into hazardous flood water.
Flash floods can come quickly and unexpected and it doesn't take much water to put you and others in your vehicle in danger.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult; 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car; and two feet of rushing water can carry away most other vehicles.
Already several water rescues underway in DC suburbs. Don't put emergency responders at risk -- TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN https://t.co/sbOsEZYihK— MDMEMA (@MDMEMA) July 28, 2017
Maryland State Police have issued tips for drivers to avoid flood-related incidents:
- "Turn Around, Don’t Drown." A driver, especially at night, has no idea how deep the water is or whether the road underneath is still intact. Pay attention to road signs that close roads.
- Delay commuting until precipitation moves away and stream and river flooding has a chance to recede and safe travel is possible.
- Pay close attention to local weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
- If a traffic signal is flashing completely out due to a power interruption, motorists on all legs of an intersection must stop and treat the intersection as a four-way stop according Maryland law.
- Never maneuver around low hanging trees or wires or try to move branches or downed wires out of the travel lanes.
- Be aware of the potential for hydroplaning. Often during heavy rainfall, water pools quickly on a roadway surface. At high speeds, even a small amount of water can cause you to lose traction and ultimately control of your vehicle.
Heavy rains are here! Be prepared, don't drive thru flooded roadways and become a victim. Use 311 for NON-emergencies #TurnAroundDontDrown— PGFD PIO (@PGFDNews) July 28, 2017