Let’s be real. We live in the Ozarks – which means we’re no strangers to flood waters. It seems like drainage is constantly a problem throughout the area, and roads are quickly overtaken by rushing water. Especially in the spring months, rain seems to be a constant occurrence with no end in sight. So, how do we deal with covered road ways?
Take notice of barriers or roadblocks, as well as police intervention. If police are blocking a roadway, obviously don’t go around them. They are there to protect you and other cars from going through extremely dangerous roads. If roads are closed, don’t drive through them (again, this should be obvious).
Don’t drive through standing water. While you may be tempted, this is not a good idea. Even if the water looks to only be a couple inches deep, you could be making an extremely costly and dangerous mistake. Try an alternate path to get to your destination.
If there is no other option, exercise the utmost care when driving through the water. Drive through the water at a slow but steady speed. Under no circumstances should you drive through water that has a downed powerline running through it – the current will travel through the water. If the water has an obvious current, do NOT drive through it. A car could potentially start to float and be carried off at around 12 inches of water, so be cautious.
It is important to call 911 when you become stranded on an overtaken roadway. If water starts to rise inside the vehicle, crawl out through the window onto the top of the car. If it is safe, try to get to higher ground off of your vehicle (if you can’t do this, stay put and try to get the attention of anyone around you). Driving through flooded areas is a gamble, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. It could cause damage to your car and put you and the people in your car at risk. Only make this decision if there are no other options for you to get to your destination. Always remember to watch out for debris and missing road chunks when driving through flooded areas.
From all of us at Tad Morlan’s office, we hope you stay safe and know what to do!