Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Loudoun County Officials Urge Residents to Stay Safe. Turn Around, Don't Drown

With heavy rain in the forecast, a flash flood watch in effect, and severe weather a possibility, Loudoun County public safety officials remind everyone to be aware of the force and power of water. 
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 even if the roads are flooded. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, stop. Do not cross the road.  Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around immediately and find an alternate route.  
With water across the roadway, you cannot always determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. 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. Turn around. Don't drown! 
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