It’s April. Now we’ve all heard the old joke: If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Yeah, ok. It’s lame now, but it was funny when you first heard it. However, April showers don’t just bring flowers. The can also bring floods, and that’s no joke.
Flooding is one of the most common hazards in the US, and can happen anywhere. Some develop slowly, but flash flooding can occur within just minutes of heavy rainfall which is why it’s important to be aware of any danger when you are driving in the rain.
Here are a few tips:
As little as six inches of water can cause loss of control of a vehicle, and a foot of water can float most cars.
Two feet of rushing water can carry away even large vehicles (such as SUVs or pickup trucks).
Don’t try to drive through a road that is flooded or drive around barricades.
If you’re forced to evacuate, follow the designated route even if you think you have a quicker way. It may be blocked and you could become stranded.
If you want to learn more about safe driving during a flood or about how to protect yourself in non-driving situations, check Ready.gov for more information.