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Maryland and Delaware Authorities Warn Drivers Ahead of Possible Flash Floods

Posted: 07/28/2017 11:52:00 -04:00 Updated:

MARYLAND/DELAWARE: Following the National Weather Service's alert of a flash flood watch this weekend, Maryland and Delaware officials have issued a warning to drivers in their respective states. 

According to the National Weather Service, The flash food watch starts around 2 p.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon, a situation that could be of great danger to motorists.

Flash floods can come quickly and without warning during times of excessive rainfall.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to strand a small vehicle, while 24 inches of fast flowing water can carry away most vehicles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of flood-related deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

Both Maryland State Police and Delaware Department of Transportation officials provided the following tips:

  • “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” A driver, especially at night, has no idea how deep the water is or whether the road underneath is still intact. Pay attention to road signs that close roads.
  • Delay commuting until precipitation moves away and stream and river flooding has a chance to recede and safe travel is possible.
  • Pay close attention to local weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

State officials urge people to be aware of the potential for hydroplaning. Often during heavy rainfall, water pools quickly on a roadway surface. At high speeds, even a small amount of water can cause you to lose traction and ultimately control of your vehicle.



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