“Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
"Turn Around, Don't Drown" is a saying we've all become accustomed to, but with the rain this past weekend, more rain forecasted, and bodies of water not cresting yet for many of our friends, it's worth mentioning again. Think about it, when you are driving, do you really know where all the dips are in the road? According to the National Weather Service: Only 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It's just never safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Be super aware of your surroundings over the next week, don't take any chances.
I've flooded out my car before. It was raining really hard, and I was trying to get to the radio station. The regular road I would take was flooded out, but a back road didn't look too bad, and it wasn't for awhile, but there was a dip in the road I hadn't noticed before, and boom, water was coming in my car and the engine quit.. It was an expensive lesson for me, annoying, but thankfully nothing bad happened.. A lot of folks can't say that. I think we feel safer in our vehicles, and feel like we know the roads we travel often, but each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard, according to the National Safety and Transportation Board. So keep in mind, if you get to a place where the water looks high, remember, we don't really know, and please, turn around. Don't Drive Faster than your Angel can Fly, and let's talk soon on Gator 99.5