BE AWARE OF FLOOD WATER DANGERS
If you can’t see the ground, turn around
Courtesy of Collier County
Current forecasts indicate the possibility of high rainfall totals and flooding concerns. It is important that residents closely monitor weather conditions, heed warnings from the National Weather Service and local officials, and remember “If You Can’t See The Ground, Turn Around” when approaching a flooded roadway.
What to do when driving or walking in flood areas:
• Never walk or drive in the flood waters. Many people are killed by driving or walking on roads and bridges that are covered by water. Even though the water might look only inches deep, it could be much deeper and have strong currents. It only takes 2 feet of water to carry away a car, and 6 inches of swiftly moving water will sweep a person off his feet.
• Never underestimate the swiftness of the water. Flooded creeks and streams are unpredictable. Even though the surface water may be smooth, the water is moving very fast.
• Don’t assume your vehicle is safe. High water in streets and intersections will quickly stall motor vehicles. Most trucks, four-wheel drives and sport utility vehicles also are susceptible to being swept away by high water.
• Find an alternate route around the flooded area. If you are approaching a flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route, even though vehicles in front of you may have passed through the high water. Barricades are for your protection. Do not drive through them.
• Never stay with your car in a flooded area. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles.
• Never let children play near canals or storm drains when the water is rising or high. Swimming skills have nothing to do with surviving a flooded creek or stream.
• Beware of items being washed downstream. Debris or garbage in the water may include tires, shopping carts and furniture. These items can easily injure or trap a person under water.
• Flood time is not a time for play. Flooded streams and rivers are not safe for recreational boating. Many canoeists and kayakers have been rescued from dangerous rapids in flood-swollen streams and rivers.
• Stay away from storm drains, irrigation ditches, creeks and river areas.
For more information or to report road flooding issues, please contact the Road Maintenance Division at (239) 252-8924.