Flash Flood Warning: Do Not Drive Through Standing Water

“Turn Around – Do Not Drown!”

From the National Weather Service (9/7/2011 3:15 p.m.):

…A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 PM EDT FOR WESTERN BALTIMORE…NORTHERN PRINCE GEORGES…NORTHWESTERN ANNE ARUNDEL…EASTERN HOWARD AND EASTERN CARROLL COUNTIES…

AT 305 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED ONLY LIGHT RAIN REMAINED OVER THE AREA. HOWEVER…EARLIER WIDESPREAD RAIN OF THREE TO FIVE INCHES CONTINUES TO CAUSE STREAMS TO OVERFLOW WITH NUMEROUS ROADS FLOODED AND CLOSED. EVACUATIONS ARE ALSO UNDERWAY IN ELLICOTT CITY.

ON THE STREAMS…THE LITTLE PATUXENT RIVER AT GUILFORD AND SAVAGE IS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL RECORDED SINCE 2006…AND STILL RISING. AT GUILFORD…THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED WAS 18.38 FEET IN JUNE 1972. THE CURRENT LEVEL IS 13.6 FEET AND RISING AT A FOOT AND A HALF PER HOUR. THE PATAPSCO RIVER…AND SMALL STREAMS THAT FEED INTO THESE LARGER RIVERS…ARE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY ELEVATED DUE TO THE RAINFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE…TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

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