As demonstrated by the "Stupid Motorist Law," the consequences of driving on flooded roadways can be costly resulting in rescue fines around $2,000.
Flash floods can also be deadly to anyone in the affected area.
It takes 18 to 24 inches of moving water to wash an SUV off the road, but only six inches to knock a person off their feet according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH).
The National Weather Service says more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard.
Many of these casualties are due to unsuspecting or careless citizens and motorists. This is why FLASH and the National Weather Service have adopted the slogan, "Turn Around, Don't Drown," to prevent further incidents.
Whether you are driving through or just experiencing a flash flood in your area, follow these safety rules:
- Get to higher ground.
- Avoid flooded areas or those that are flood-prone like washes.
- Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream.
- Monitor children.
- Do not drive through floodwaters or flooded roads as they can have significant damage hidden by water. You can also lose control of your vehicle with water only one foot deep.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to determine flood dangers.
- Stay updated on weather conditions by means of local media or NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.
- Download FLASH Weather Alerts for flash flood warnings and mitigation tips.
For information on how to protect your home from flooding, visit the FLASH website .