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SAN ANTONIO (May 3, 2018) – It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
Just 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
Heavy storms could be moving into our area through Friday. Some of the storms could be strong, and heavy rain looks to be a threat. 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.