NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) would like to remind drivers of the dangers of driving through flooded roads.
According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related. ADEM urges people to stay away from flooded roadways; drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater.
Keep in mind that only six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling, and only a foot of water will float many vehicles. Most vehicles including pick-up trucks and SUVs can float away in two feet of water.
Water across a road may even hide a missing segment of road or a missing bridge. If your vehicle stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
When water is on the road, always play it safe, and turn around. Saving your life is as simple as choosing a different route to travel.