Turn Around…Don’t Drown

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With a great deal of rain this week and more expected through the weekend, some low-lying areas in Bond County are becoming flooded.

Greenville firefighters were paged to a water rescue this (Thursday) just before 9 AM. A motorist had driven their car into flood waters in the bottoms on Dolls Orchard Avenue and their car stalled out.

The request was called off while firefighters were mid-run, however, the occasion serves as a reminder that you should never attempt to drive into any type of floodwater.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. 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. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Remember the phrase, “Turn Around…Don’t Drown”.

SOURCEGraphic courtesy of the National Weather Service
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