MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With flooding a concern across central and south Alabama, reminding drivers who may be traveling this Memorial Day weekend is a priority.
Many underestimate the force and power of water. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. With that in mind, traveling on water-covered roadways is dangerous.
Each time there is flooding, remember these four words: "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard. According the National Weather Service, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
"A lot of rain in a little amount of time can be dangerous for any situation. Do not drive through water. It takes so little to disable a vehicle and then you cause yourself some damage. If you are risking your life, there is the potential you could be risking the lives of first responders, or your family members who are in the vehicle with you," said Montgomery City/County Emergency Management Agency Director Christina Thornton.