Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Be Careful as You Venture Out on the Roadways

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, 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. 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
To make sure you have the latest information on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Loudoun County, sign up for alerts from the county including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert; follow Loudoun County on Twitter at www.loudoun.gov/twitter; and on Facebook at www.loudoun.gov/facebook. Hurricane Sandy information also is posted on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov and www.loudoun.gov/hurricane


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