What to do if caught in your home or car

Steven Galindo walks around his car, which was flooded on Kostoryz Road on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Heavy rains can inundate local rivers, creeks and streets in a flash flood. Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in both Texas and the nation.

The National Weather Service advises if you are in an area prone to flooding, follow local news outlets and social media to be aware of possible flood conditions. If you can safely evacuate to higher ground, do so immediately.

In a vehicle

The most important piece of advice when you encounter a flooded roadway: Turn around, don’t drown, says TxDOT.

  • Never attempt to drive through deep water. As little as six inches of fast-moving water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, including pickups and SUVs. 
  • Do not walk or try to swim through flood waters, whether still or moving. The water can hide hazards like trees, power lines, damaged roads or other debris.
  • Use extreme caution at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers.
  • Never try to move or drive around barriers at low-water crossings or flooded roadways. Tampering or moving barriers can result in fines and/or jail time.
  • If your car is stuck in deep water, get out and get to higher ground if it is safe to do so. FEMA states that as little as a foot of water can lift most vehicles and two feet of water will float even SUVs and pickups.

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