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"Rivers and creeks will remain elevated for the next few days due to heavy rainfall and runoff. This could impact some low-lying areas and low water crossings," the weather service said in a statement issued Thursday. "Avoid flooded areas along the river...And move personal belongings to higher ground. Never drive through flooded roads, as the depth of water may be too great to pass...Even in trucks or sport utility vehicles. If you come across a flooded road...Turn around, don't drown."
Having reached the expected height on Friday afternoon, NWS expects the banks of the
As rains continued to fall on
"Unfortunately, a driver drove around barricades that had been placed earlier in the day and put themselves in grave danger," the
Several roadways were closed as the rainstorms passed over the county, and
-- Crews were working near the intersection of
Local emergency services continue to urge drivers to stay away from floodwaters.
-- Never drive around barricades shutting down a roadway. Even when it appears safe, flooding may have caused an unseen safety problem with the roadway.
-- Do not drive through flooded areas, even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people driving through flooded areas. Water only a foot deep can displace a 1500-pound vehicle. Two feet of water can easily carry most automobiles.
-- Roads concealed by water may not be intact.
-- Do not cross flowing streams of water on foot where water is above your ankles.
-- Do not allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains, or other flooded areas.
-- Be especially cautious at night. It's harder to recognize water danger in low light situations.
TEMA and the FTAAAD suggest these precautions when preparing for a potential flood:
-- Maintain a disaster ready supply kit, which can include things like food, water, dry clothes, first-aid and a local map.
-- Have written instructions on procedures to turn off electricity, gas and water utilities.
-- Find out if your home is at risk for flooding by checking your homeowner's insurance policy regarding flood coverage.
-- Create an evacuation plan identifying potential safe spaces and routes for travel.
-- Store important documents, information and valuables in a safe-deposit box or a fireproof or waterproof container.
-- Have a radio with extra batteries in the home in case a cell phone gets damaged, wet or cell towers lose power due to weather.
-- Listen to updates on the radio, social media or local television news.
-- Be prepared to evacuate immediately if authorities issue an evacuation in your area.
-- If you drive your vehicle, move slow and be aware of potential engine damage.
-- Other cars stranded by the water are also a good indicator of a road's potential damage to your vehicle.
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