Turn around, don’t drown: Flood safety tips

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Drivers were faced with significant street flooding across Hampton Roads Friday.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings until 3 p.m. for Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

Crews closed dozens of roads. Click here for the latest list.

Photos: May 16 Flooding

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urged drivers to use caution. Each year, there are more deaths due to flooding than from any other severe weather hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of all flood-related drownings happen was a vehicle is driven into flood water. The CDC reports the next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into flood waters.

The National Weather Service says: “The reason so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.”

If you approach a flooded road, play it smart and safe and turn around.

Follow these safety rules:

  • Monitor WAVY News 10 for vital weather information
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown®
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown®
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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