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”.