When flooding hits, when is it unsafe for even police to respond

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As the rain continues to fall, there are high chances for flooding in parts of Region 8.

Local police are usually the first to respond when it comes to cars being trapped in dangerous flooding situations, and people needing rescued from their flooded homes.

Jamey Carter is the D.A.R.E coordinator with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office and said they have a special protocol they follow dangerous flooding situations.

"If someone is out there needing rescue then we will do whatever it takes," Carter said. "And we've all been trained in areas like that and we fall back on our training and our experiences and we will do whatever it takes to try to rescue someone that is trapped in the flood."

Carter said there is a different protocol when it comes to a recovery mission versus a rescue mission.

"In a recovery mission, we have to take into consideration our safety because unfortunately in a recovery situation there's time there so we sometimes have to sit back and wait until the conditions clean up a little bit."

Carter said when it comes to roads being underwater, it's best if drivers turn around and not take the risk.

"I believe the standard is if it's six inches of moving water it can move a vehicle."

"There's times when the roadways have been washed out, there's been times that it's just so deep out that our vehicles can't get through it," he said.

In past situations they've had to use their boats just to get through the water.

"One thing about it if someone needs help we're the last resort we always have to go so we find a way to get there and help the people," Carter said.

The Sheriff's office has a search and rescue team and a dive team in case of an emergency. He said when they're out on a mission they wear safety vests and rely heavily on their training.

"To get us through and to make sure we get the people out safely as well as get ourselves out safely," he said.

Carter said he was sad to hear of the death of a fellow officer but knew he was doing what he had to do.

"We all know the risk when we put the uniform on, when we walk out that door to go to work we know the risks that we're facing," he said.

As for drivers who are out in bad flooding areas Carter said drivers should not take chances on their safety.

"People we rescue, usually the one thing they always say is I thought I could make it," he said.

State officials are still searching for the wildlife officer lost in Scott County during last night's storm.

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