June 27, 2007
DPS reminds motorists, “Turn Around, Don't Drown!”
If you see water running across a roadway, you should immediately
turn around and not attempt to go through it, says the Texas Department of
“Many cars will float in only 12 inches of water, and two
feet of rushing water will carry off pick-ups, SUVs and most other vehicles,” says
Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the DPS. “Six inches of water can be
enough to stall a car or cause a loss of control over the vehicle.”
Each year, more people die in flash flooding than in any
other type of thunderstorm-related hazard.
“You might think that you can easily get across a flooded
roadway, but it's not worth the risk. It's impossible to tell the depth of
the water—or whether the road or bridge is damaged or missing. Don't endanger
yourself or the first responders who may try to rescue you,” Col. Davis said.
Bottom line: stay aware and cautious, especially at night,
when recognizing dangers can be more difficult. Pay attention to the weather
and the road conditions.
Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.