Officials warning residents of potential flooding dangers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Rain is a welcome sight for many Oklahomans, but officials are warning drivers about the dangers of flooding.

City leaders say very small streams, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying areas are all at risk for flooding.

Experts have the following tips for residents:

  • Avoid driving during a flash flood.
  • If you can’t see the road, don’t drive in it. Turn around and take a different route. If there is no other route, drive to higher ground and wait for the water to recede.
  • Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road and can scour away parts of the pavement.
  • Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing you to lose control or possibly stall.
  • Two feet of flowing water is enough to sweep your vehicle away- including SUVs and pickups.
  • Never drive around road barriers.
  • Attempts to move stalled vehicles can end in drowning.
  • Avoid walking in flood water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. If you must walk through a flooded area, use a pole or stick to ensure the ground is solid.
  • Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet.
  • Do not play near creeks or drainage areas.
  • It is not safe for anyone to swim in floodwater. Even if you can make it across, the water may be contaminated.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, call 911 and go to the top floor or roof.

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