Contact: Joe Arrington, 210-355-8504
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 7, 2018) – With storms predicted for this weekend and the potential for 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. If a rescue is required, everyone in the vehicle may be charged a fee of $640.
For additional emergency weather information, the City’s Office of Emergency Management shares the following websites:
CPS Energy Outages: https://www.cpsenergy.com/en/customer-support/outage-center.html
SA Flood Safe: https://www.safloodsafe.com/
Emergency City Street Closures: https://www.sanantonio.gov/TCI/News-and-Media/Street-Closures/Emergency-Street-Closures
San Antonio 311: San Antonio residents can contact the 311 Call Center by dialing 3-1-1 or 210-207-6000 to report weather-related issues including street flooding, downed trees in the public right-of-way, flashing or malfunctioning traffic lights or low-water crossings.