Turn Around, Don't Drown: floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Nearly half of all flood deaths are vehicle-related according to the National Weather Service.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reminds people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways because drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- 12 inches of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles including pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUV).
- Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.
When there's water on the road: Turn Around, Don't Drown. Saving your life is as simple as choosing an alternate route. If you are driving and your vehicle stalls in flood water, the best advice is to get out quickly and move to higher ground.