Motorists Urged to Be Safe On Potentially Flooded Roads

Watch for signs like these in the area in the next few daysRoadways will likely be wet in spots as snow continues to melt and rain starts to fall. Motorists are urged to be vigilant, at night or early in the morning, as it can be difficult to see water and its depth across the roadway. Slow down when it’s raining, and never drive through flowing water or around barricades. Driving through any sort of water creates less tire contact with the road surface and can cause your vehicle to hydroplane, which in turn increases your likelihood of crashing. It also affects your brakes. They are less effective until they dry out.

Road erosion can occur any time there is running or standing water on the roadway. It only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most car doors and a foot of water to float most vehicles. If your car winds up in water, climb out through a window, get on top of the vehicle, call 911 and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top of your car like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes. Make sure your cell phone is charged so you can call for help if necessary.