Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 25, 2013

When streets become streams

-- — As heavy rains continue and area bodies of water threaten to flood, we should all heed the words issued Monday by Lowndes County Emergency Management.

“Under no circumstances should motorists travel across flooded roads, streets or bridges. Standing water may hide significant damage to the infrastructure underneath; take precaution and avoid flooded areas.”

We’ve all seen video from flooded areas in other parts of the country where a car attempts to cross a roadway flush with rushing water. The car becomes stalled, stuck in the rising waters, as the occupants clamber out of windows, climbing on top of the vehicle, as rescue workers try saving them.

If you come across what is normally a familiar roadway that is covered in water, stop, and turn around. Either find a different route to your destination, or go home.

If it is an emergency, call 911 or other officials for aid. Do not cross that roadway. If it is covered in water, it is no longer that familiar road you drive everyday. It is a potential threat and should be treated as such.

If you cannot make it to work or school or any other activity, it’s better to stay home than travel into uncertain and dangerous conditions.

Lowndes County Emergency Management advised residents to avoid any unnecessary travel Monday night. Those words may ring true today, too.

If you feel your safety is jeopardized by travel, stay home. We would ask employers, schools and other organizations to be understanding. Better to have a person miss a day of work or school than enter a situation that may have them missing from so much more.

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