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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 19, 2012
Keith Eisner, PIO, 360-786-5245

Urban Flooding Advisory: Clear Drains/Don't Drive Through Standing Water

If you can't see the road under the water, don’t drive on it! That's the advice emergency managers have for drivers during flooding situations. As little as 18 inches of water can float a small car. The number one cause of flood related deaths is drowning. Driving through standing water can also be expensive. The air intake on many cars is low at the front of the car. Just a cup of water sucked into the combustion chamber can wreck an engine.

Residents can help prevent flooding roads by clearing fallen leaves from blocked storm drains. "If minor flooding occurs on your road or street, use a rake or shovel to remove clogged leaves and other debris from storm drains," says acting Public Works Director Donavan Willcutt. "Be sure and remove the debris off the roadway or they'll just return during the next storm. Your help with clearing localized flooding will free up our crews to respond to more severe drainage problems."

"If you feel unsafe or the flooding is severe, please contact Roads Maintenance at 867-2300 for assistance," says Willcutt.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3