Two people trapped in their car in a flooded wash were brought safely to dry ground earlier this week by Central Arizona Fire crews. Firefighters were called to the wash, at Agua Fria Ranch Road and Winding View after the driver attempted to drive through the flooded road. The driver was stuck in the wash with water near the windows. Thankfully firefighters were able to get to the car and bring the driver and passenger out to safety.
“This time of year, when we have flash flooding from the monsoons, people need to be aware of these low-water crossings and stay away from them,” advised Division Chief Rick Chase. With that in mind as the summer storms continue to blow in, here are 5 flash flood tips that could save your life.
1.) Don’t drive around barricades. It’s not only illegal, it’s also dangerous.
2.) Avoid low-water crossings when driving and areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.
3.) Be especially cautious at night. Flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark.
4.) Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. The best defense is to slow down or pull well off the road for a few minutes to wait out heavy rains.
5.) If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
Even a less serious urban flood can be dangerous during a monsoon. As little as ten inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks because strength of the flow is the critical force. So remember, when in doubt, wait it out, or find a safer route. Learn more about monsoon safety and what to do in a flash flood at monsoonsafety.org. For more local Prescott news and flash flood safety tips for the monsoon in Prescott, please contact Crystal Creek Builders.
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