Safety stressed during winter flooding
When coming across a flooded road there are a few things you shouldn’t do. One of the things not to do is drive across a flooded roadway.
“Turn around, don’t drown,” said Washington County Iowa Department of Transportation supervisor Doug Swan.
Each spring Swan sees flooding from the English River affect area roadways. He has been monitoring the river levels of the English River adamantly.
“Each day we drive the roads in the morning,” Swan said. “If there is water across the road we won’t let the motorists go through it.”
Swan spends his time checking on reports from local residents, he said. He would like them to call the DOT and let them know about the flooding, not just the local county engineer’s office.
According to the National Weather Service motorists should especially be cautious of flooding at night when it’s harder to see. Also, motorists should never park their vehicle along a flooded roadway, rushing water, or stream. It could carry the vehicle away.
The National Weather Service also suggests that people listen to their weather radio and avoid flooded areas all together. For more information about flood safety visit the National Weather Service at www.nws.noaa.gov.
It is also recommended to have a battery operated radio available in case of loss of power to continue to monitor the situation.