Staying safe during a flash flood
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:42:42 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- In recent weeks the Midlands have seen several flash floods pop up, often stranding drivers on the road. Columbia Fire Department performed several flash flood rescues over the weekend, after drivers were trapped in stalled cars in torrential downpours, according to Spokesman Brick Lewis.
In order to prevent yourself from being caught in a flash flood, Lewis says, just turn around if the roadway looks too flooded.
Lewis says if your car does get trapped in high water and stalls, it is best to get out of the car and leave the area if possible. Also, call 911 for assistance.
"Just be aware that six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, and about two feet of fast moving water can move most vehicles," said Lewis.
Lewis says if the water is low enough that you think you can drive through, just make sure you drive slow.