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KIMT NEWS 3 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists to Turn Around and Don’t Drown. It’s part of a national campaign to keep drivers safe.
The program is warning everyone to never drive around or move barriers in front of flooded roads. If you come across one, you need to find a new route.
Local DOT officials say this is important because many times, a road may not look risky, but some of the most dangerous accidents can happen in even smallest amount of water.
Iowa DOT Assistant District Engineer, Dave Little said, “A little bit of moving water doesn’t look like the hazard is as serious as it is. You just really need to stay out of the water, because you can’t anticipate it. The road may not be there. What may look like just a few inches of water, might really be deep because the road is no longer there.”
Officials add, if you do happen to get swept away in a flash flood, get out of the vehicle immediately and seek higher ground. It’s in those situations where fatalities can occur.