City Puts Out List Of Roads That Flood During Heavy Rains
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
KNOWN HIGH WATER AREAS IN THE CITY OF FREDERICK ARE:
Rocky Spring Road
Gas House Pike
W. Patrick Street
E. Patrick Street
Safety Tips for High Water
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people driving through flooded areas. Water only a foot deep can displace a 1500 lb. vehicle! 24” of water can easily carry most automobiles! Roads concealed by water may not be intact.
If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember it's better to be wet than dead!
Do not allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains, or other flooded areas!
DO NOT underestimates the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related! When driving your automobile during flood conditions, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges and low areas.
Even the largest and heaviest of vehicles will float. Two feet of water will carry most cars away.
As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Do not drive through flowing water!
Motorists develop false confidence when they normally or frequently pass through a dry low-water crossing.
Road beds may have been scoured or even washed away during flooding creating unsafe driving conditions.
Those who repeatedly drive through flooded low-water crossings may not recognize the dangers of a small increase in the water level.
Driving too fast through low water will cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface.
Visibility is limited at night increasing the vulnerability of the driver to any hidden dangers.
Heed all flood and flash flood watches and warnings.