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Turn Around, Don't Drown: Surviving a flood

Waterlogged roads can be deceptively dangerous to cross. (Source: WAFF) Waterlogged roads can be deceptively dangerous to cross. (Source: WAFF)
(WAFF) -

All the relentless rain across the deep south and into Texas shows just how powerful of a force water can be.

Just six inches of water can cause you to lose control or possibly stall out. 

A foot of water will float many vehicles. 

Statistics show flash flooding is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S. More than 100 people are killed every year in flash floods, and half of them die while trapped in their cars.

It's clear that extra precautions are needed if you are forced to drive through water. 

Drive slowly and steadily through the water. Watch for items being washed downstream.

Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles. Floating items can trap or crush you if you are in their path. 

If you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon your car for higher ground. 

In the event you are unable to get out safely, call 911 or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.

Believe it or not, your best exit is not the door. Opening the door will let in more water, making the car sink faster. Go for the window instead. Experts say power windows will not stop working immediately. 

Remember, it's never safe to walk or drive in flood waters.

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