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March 22, 2012 11:23 AM
In Flooded Areas, Turn Around - Don't Drown

JEFFERSON CITY - Spring rains have flooded many rivers and streams in Missouri, sending water out of the banks and onto roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers to "Turn Around - Don't Drown" as highways become impassable.

Motorists are advised to never drive on a water-covered road. Just a few inches of fast-moving water can carry a vehicle away - even a pickup or SUV. Given the muddiness of floodwater, drivers cannot be assured the road is even there. Roadbeds can wash out, leaving deep gaps.

Knowledge of road conditions can help drivers avoid delays and unsafe conditions.  Before starting a trip, consult the Missouri Department of Transportation's Traveler Information Map at http://www.modot.org/ or call MoDOT's toll-free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get up-to-date information on the latest road conditions and closings due to high water.

With even more rain in the forecast, challenging driving conditions are expected to continue. MoDOT offers motorists the following tips:

  • Slow down and use caution when driving in rain to avoid skidding and hydroplaning. Leave plenty of following distance.
  • Never move or drive around barricades placed on roadways due to high water. Barricades are a warning designed to protect you  from an unsafe condition. You can put yourself at serious risk if you proceed into a flooded section of road.
  • If a road is closed, find another route.
  • If a road is covered in flood water but is not closed by a barricade, do NOT drive into the high water. Stop and turn around. Notify the police, sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
  • When windshield wipers are needed, turn on your headlights. It's the law.
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