What to do if your car suddenly becomes submerged in flash flood

Posted on: 12:41 pm, August 12, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:22am, August 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – More rain is coming Tuesday into Wednesday and with it comes flash flooding.

Emergency officials want everyone to stay safe and out of the floods.

Never drive into water; turn around, don’t drown.

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood-related deaths happen in cars.

If your car does suddenly become submerged in high water, AAA, FEMA and the National Weather Service said there are a few important things to do to stay safe.

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- Stay calm and remain buckled in your seat.
- Call 911.
- Immediately unlock your doors and open the windows before you lose power.
- If you think you can safely get out of the vehicle, unbuckle your seat belt and climb out through the window.
- If you have to swim, go in the direction of the current.
- If you can’t open a window, try kicking out a side or rear window; it won’t be easy. You might want to keep a small hammer in your car at all times for emergencies.
- If you can’t leave through a window and your car is filling with water, wait until the pressure is equalized on both sides of the door before trying to open it.

MAP: Intersections to avoid during flash flood