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Why You Should Not Drive Through Flooded Streets

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Red truck and a black car driving through a flooded street Flooded road in Washington Township, NJ

Why You Should Not Drive Through Flooded Streets

When a major storm is heading for Washington Township, NJ, you may need to evacuate as soon as possible. Yet you also have to drive away safely. A flooded street, in particular, can be a hidden danger as you head for higher ground. Driving on flooded roads can lead to:

  • Your vehicle getting damaged
  • Your car getting stranded
  • Your passengers getting injured or killed

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recently found that more than half of flood-related drowning resulted from a person driving into flooded waters. That’s because it is often hard to tell how deep the water is until it is too late.

Shallow Water, Major Damage

Even relatively minor flooding can cause serious destruction. Just six inches of water on a flooded street can cause your vehicle’s wheels to lose traction. This could lead to a serious car accident that could damage you or your vehicle.
Once 12 inches of water floods onto a road, your car could start floating away. If this happens, you will be unable to brake or steer. Two feet of water is all it takes to float a larger vehicle such as a pickup truck or SUV.
Flood water that is more than two feet deep poses an additional danger. At this point, water could get into your engine and stop it from running. Your vehicle could stall, leaving you stranded and unable to drive to safer ground.

Flood Travel Tips

Before heading out during a storm, check online to see which roads are flooded. You can also research alternate routes to take. Above all, do not drive into a flooded street. Instead, turn around and find a safer road.
Once the floodwaters have receded, you can safely return to your home and assess your property. If the water has gotten inside your house, contact your local storm damage restoration specialists. They can remove the excess water and dry out your belongings.

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