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SAN ANTONIO (April 10, 2017)- Showers and thunderstorms will develop this evening through Tuesday morning and produce between 1-3 inches of rain with isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches in some areas.
As with every storm capable of producing heavy rain, The San Antonio Fire Department cannot stress the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" message enough. Even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices lifting up even large vehicles and sending them downstream. Your vehicle may stall out in just a few inches of water and a foot or two of water is enough to float a 3,000-pound car.
Driving through flooded roadways not only puts your life at risk and anyone in your vehicle, but also the lives of our first responders. Driving around a barricade when there is water on the road carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and 180 days in jail and if a rescue is required, everyone in the vehicle may be charged a fee of $640.00.
Please take the time we have before storms begin to review severe weather preparedness measures provided by agencies such as The National Weather Service https://goo.gl/Nlni6C or San Antonio Office of Emergency Management http://saoemprepare.com/Home.aspx
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. www.readysouthtexas.gov