Iowa – May 28, 2013 – Nobody can stop a flood. But there are actions travelers
can take before and during a flood to protect themselves, their families and property.
Several Iowa roadways are currently impassible due to flood waters. The most current information on flooded
roadways can be found at www.511ia.org or by calling 511.
- “Turn Around Don’t Drown®.”
Never drive around barriers that warn you the road is flooded – turn
around and find another route. If your route is blocked by barricades,
find another route. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
Barricades are put up by state or local officials to protect travelers
from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
- Avoid sight-seeing or entering a
storm-affected area unnecessarily. As little as six inches of moving water
can knock you off your feet.
- If you attempt to drive through
water, your vehicle may stall or get stuck in the water, and then get
pushed off the road. Once off the road, vehicles often start to roll,
making escape difficult or impossible.
- Leave your vehicle immediately
and seek higher ground if your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water.
- Help others: If you see a
nonbarricaded, water-covered roadway or major obstruction, such as a
blocked culvert or bridge opening, call the local law enforcement agency
so they can alert the appropriate road agency. Warn children not to play
near swollen creeks or rivers, storm drains, culverts and bridges, or on
flooded streets and roadways.
national “Turn Around Don’t Drown®” program was developed by the National
Weather Service (NWS) to educate motorists traveling throughout the country
about the importance of driving safely near flooded roads.
NWS wants to build momentum across the nation to make individuals aware of the
dangers on or near flood areas. Each year hundreds of people are involved in
flood-related deaths and injuries and the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program’s
goal is to prevent such injuries and fatalities. The Iowa DOT is a partnering
in this safety program. If you have any questions regarding the “Turn Around
Don’t Drown” program, visit the NWS’s website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tadd/.