Safety tips in case of flash floods

2016-12-14 06:02

DID you know that as little as 30cm of water can float your car?

Drivers often underestimate the dangers of flooding, especially at low-lying bridges, where as little as 30 centimetres of water can float vehicles or result in the driver losing control.

Tips that might save your life in heavy rain:
• do not attempt to drive through flooded areas, even if the water looks shallow enough to cross;

• leave your vehicle if it stalls and move immediately to higher ground;

• never drive into water that covers the road, you do not know how deep it is or whether the road underneath has been washed away;

• be on special alert near dips in the highway and near low-lying bridges;

• exercise caution, especially at night when visibility is poor;

• pedestrians must avoid areas where water is flowing rapidly; and

• keep children away from playing in drainage ditches or storm water drains or areas where water is easily accumulated.
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