July 19, 2021

Jackson police offer tips on floodwater safety during rainy season

Therese Apel

Jackson police are reminding citizens once again to stay out of floodwaters, both on foot and in their cars.

With days and days of rain leading into even more rain in the forecast, police are hoping that people will remember that flood waters can be dangerous and dirty.

Here is a list provided by JPD of things you can do to ensure your safety should there be flooding in your area.

  • If flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and
    the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn
    Around Don’t Drown.
  • Creeks and streams can rise very rapidly during heavy rainfall. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to
    recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not walk thru moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk
    where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
    A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
    Use caution when dealing with flood waters. Flood waters may contain snakes and insects; sharp objects and
    debris; and oil, gasoline, industrial waste, or raw sewage.

To protect your family and yourself, avoid floodwaters if possible. Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or
walking, anytime you come to a flooded road, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

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