Thursday, August 12, 2010

Turn Around; Don’t Drown

In the wake of today's heavy rains, here's a good reminder from Loudoun County public safety officials for motorists not to cross flooded roadways.

Many deaths occur in automobiles as people and their vehicles are swept downstream. Many of these drownings are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around barriers warning that roads are flooded.

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, stop and do not cross. The water may be much deeper than you think, causing your car to stall or even get stuck in hidden debris. Six inches of moving water can knock a person down and a mere two feet of water can move a large vehicle such as a bus.

Remember: Turn around. Don’t drown.

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