Region 8 local takes ‘turn around don’t drown’ seriously

Region 8 local takes ‘turn around don’t drown’ seriously

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould woman believes braving flooded streets is not worth the risk.

Patricia Henry, who lives on 27th Street, said treacherous floods are likely every time there is heavy rainfall in her neighborhood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of flood-related drowning happens when vehicles drive through floodwater.

Instead of having to make the choice to 'turn around' Henry avoids the situation completely.

"This road is like a little river going down," Henry said. "I don't even leave my house. My neighbor, she's elderly, she won't leave because you know it's not a good thing to get out into it. You don't know if you're going to get stuck."

Paul Holmes with Jonesboro police advises drivers if they come up to a flooded street and there is no way to turn around, notify 911 immediately.

"Getting trapped is possible," Holmes said. "The water can rise behind the vehicle."

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