It’s a nasty afternoon right now in the Delaware Valley and most of our region is under a flash flood watch near creeks and streams. Summer storms can come on quickly and drop a tremendous amount of rain in a very short period of time. Do you know what to do if your vehicle is caught in a flash flood?

The first rule of safety when it comes to flood waters is to avoid getting near them in the first place. The CDC estimates that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. That is why you should never ever drive your vehicle into standing water on a roadway, parking lot or anywhere else. You see, only six inches of water is enough to stall most cars and/or make a driver lose control. One foot of moving water is enough to make most vehicles float and two feet is enough to sweep away a car, pick up truck or SUV. It is very important to know the limitations of your vehicle.

Here are some other tips for navigating your vehicle when summer storms hit:

  • Respect barricades – turn around, don’t drown!
  • If your vehicle is stuck in water, abandon it as safely as possible. Do not wait in your car. Move to higher ground and call 911 as soon as you can.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Down power lines may be live. Avoid contact at all costs.
  • If you are swept away, try to keep your feet pointed downstream and do your best to avoid obstacles by going over or around them as opposed to underneath them.

We urge all of you to be safe on days like this and remember that there is no need to rush when road conditions are already unsafe.